Depression is so much more than just sadness. Comparing sadness and depression is like saying that getting wet and drowning are the same thing. These poems are about my co-existence with my mental illness – a glimpse into my “drowning moments”. There is no shame in mental illness, and I refuse to remain silent. I share my voice so that others will know they are not alone. I share my words so that those whose words have been stolen can find comfort, and possibly healing. I share my story because that is the only thing I know how to do.
All These Things is my gift to anyone suffering from depression or any other mental illness, and those whose lives intersect with them. The stigma surrounding mental illness needs to be dropped. We are different, but we are not broken.