Why is it that we can freely say that we have a cold, or a fever, but we can't admit to feeling anxious or depressed?
Societal stigmas around mental health have long impacted the way we view those who are struggling with things like bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety, eating disorders PTSD and so much more.
Working on this documentary in partnership with Crux Nest was truly a blessing. I was able to further research what exactly is wrong with our healthcare system today and why children are not recieving the care they need.
There is a massive lack of understanding, funding, and overall compassion for those who deal with mental health problems. A child has to be mature enough to not only identify their poor mental health but also be brave enough to admit that they need help. Then parents have to jump through hoops in order to get their children proper care, and once they get the care they need the likelihood that they can actually afford the care is slim to none. It's sickening.
However, breaking the cycle means starting the uncomfortable conversation of what it means to be depressed, what it means to have a son with bipolar disorder, what it means to have a parent who suffers from PTSD. We need to hear those stories. We need to spark the change because it won't happen any other way. We need to demand better healthcare for future generations and we need to be compassionate to those who are brave enough to ask for help.
Hearing musician Steff Reed's story brought tears to everyone eyes at his album release party and Marcy and Myrtle. I truly hope that this story can touch the lives of others and help open the door to saving someone's life.