Hello. I’m Amy Kiel and welcome to my depression blog, Depression Diaries. I am a passionate mental health activist learning daily to live a beautiful life despite an ongoing 20 year battle with major depressive disorder. As part of my work to spread awareness and share the message of hope, you can count on me to talk candidly about the real life challenges associated with depression and the many mental health issues that often accompany it. There’s no sugar coating it around here. Even though my message often focuses on the light beyond the darkness of depression, I will use this depression blog to tell it like it is when times are tough and when I recall the most difficult parts of my journey.
My Hope for Depression Diaries
In the Depression Diaries, I hope to shed light on daily life with depression, different depression coping strategies and types of therapy, as well as revealing the secrets of the illness that too many souls are afraid to share for fear of rejection and resulting stigma (What Is Stigma?). I think, or at least hope, you’ll find my passion for making things right in the world of mental health contagious and my determination to keep going, encouraging. Having a serious capacity for empathy and an open heart to all, I invite you to share your journey, too.
Depression Diaries Is A Step in Bringing People Together
I have helped to bring the global mental health community together on Twitter as a result of creating the Mental Health and Social Media Chat (#mhsm). I continue to seek opportunities to create positive change by volunteering and participating in the development of a local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in my city. I also support AFSP by taking part in local and national walks when possible. My aspirations as an advocate and activist are truly limitless.
Using This Depression Blog as a Tool of Understanding
Having experienced two suicide attempts myself, I fully comprehend the depths and seriousness of depression. By sharing my insight and experience, I plan to help others understand the condition that affects far too many in a more intimate way. In reading this depression blog, it is my hope that you will feel better understood or better able to understand someone who is living the reality of depression.
Finally, on a fun note, I have a beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and two fabulously unique and wonderful children, a boy and a girl, who keep me focused on the most important things in life, like playing, cuddling and enjoying the moment fully whenever possible.