Learning How to Talk About Depression By Jerell Johnson as told to Kitty Rodriguez Raised in a dangerous neighborhood without a lot of positive role models, when I was 18 I took it upon myself to make sure I got out of South Central Los Angeles. Joining the military after graduating from high school seemed […]

Photos by David Paz Cameron Brenner has been dealing with depression for most of his life. Now 21, Brenner is the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at Pierce and is majoring in theatrical costuming. But the road to where he is today has been long and rocky. “When I was a child they knew […]

By Cathy Albrigo as told to Kitty Rodriguez Photos by: Nicolas Heredia My younger brother and I weren’t very close until the last few months of his life, when he was struggling and I tried to be there for him. He was 18 when he committed suicide. I could never imagine how difficult it would […]

What is my purpose here? Why am I wasting space and resources? I’ve lived with these thoughts of worthlessness for most parts of my life. My self-image issues contrast with moments of brilliance and relief. It is a cycle that I had learned to live with. Then while attending UCSB I sought out help. I […]

Death. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. My experience with losing someone is difficult to describe. I lost my grandpa a little over two years ago. He was and always will be a second dad to me. He was there for all of my achievements and games. He encouraged me and helped me realize […]

自11歲起我就有憂鬱症的傾向。我感覺很虛弱、記性減退並且沒有慾望做任何事。絕大部份的時間我都感覺悲傷並在夜晚哭泣入睡。 我以為這只是青少年階段必經的過程。 在那時我也因憂鬱無法完成回家作業。在腦中一片混亂無法專心學業。我的成績因此一落千丈,這讓我感到內疚。我知道父母因此對我失望。我的父親在矽谷工作成功,他不能想像我的處境,而且每當父母問我“為什麼看起來疲倦”,我只是簡短回答“我很好”,然後他們就不再追究。

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It started in middle school, when I was around 11 years old. I started feeling weak, had memory lapses and had no motivation to do anything. I felt sad most of the time. I thought the sadness was a normal part of pre-teen angst. I often starved myself for attention from my parents and friends. […]

Cuando tenía dieciséis años, fui a misa con mi familia todos los días por unos dos meses. Era la misma pauta; rezar, encender una vela y sentarnos en silencio hasta que era la hora de irnos a casa. Lo que incitó esta rutina religiosa fue el fallecimiento de mi madre a causa de un tumor […]

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When I was sixteen years old, my family and I went to church every day for about two months. It was the same pattern; pray, light a candle and sit in silence until it was time to go home. What prompted this religious routine was my mother passing away due to a cancerous tumor that […]

I was probably seven years old when we first met. My mom and my aunt were both in charge of a group at church. My aunt was in charge of the grown-ups while my mother was in charge of us kids. Every Friday while my aunt was with the adults praying the rosary, the kids […]

High school sophomore Kelly Morimoto says when her friend first came to her to talk about his depression she was “shocked.” No one, after all, had ever spoken to her about how to respond in these kinds of situations. “I didn’t believe him [at first] because he seemed so normal all the time … like […]