“I’m a classical guitarist, a singer/songwriter, and a music teacher by profession, so I don’t have a degree in psychology or counseling, but I can listen. If someone I’m talking with is experiencing anxiety, depression, or maybe paranoia, I can relate; we can talk about it. And I can offer to help them find the resources they need if that’s what they want.
“We have to beat the stigma associated with mental health issues. I talked to someone just today who told me he was scared he couldn’t get a job because he deals with depression. We need to be more open about these things. Talking about it will make everyone realize that it’s okay; other people experience it too. Don’t run from it. Sit with it. Be with it. We can try to help each other, but professional help is also available; treatment is available. I make a point of talking openly about my struggles on Facebook; I want to make it okay to have these conversations.”