An Oklahoma representative is publicly talking about his battle with depression for the first time.
Rep. Forrest Bennett, of Oklahoma City, sent out a series of tweets on Friday morning.
Depression isn’t the same for everyone. But for me - and perhaps for Bourdain - it has meant feeling everything a little more. The highs; the lows. One thing is common: the stigma. I’m talking about mine for the first time publicly because we owe it to ourselves. #talkaboutit 1/
For so many, it’s manageable until it isn’t. For me, a quick series of close family deaths sent me over the edge and into a rut. Because I HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE, I was able to get help. The hardest thing was admitting to myself that I needed to. 2/
Because a few of the people closest to me know, they check on me. Because I know, I check on myself. I stopped ignoring it and let me tell you, it was the most empowering thing I could’ve done. I’m okay. I’m no less capable because of it. The stigma is the worst part about it. 3/
There isn’t much you can do for people with depression, but one of the things you CAN do is the most powerful: help us destigmatize mental health. #Talkaboutit if you have it, or love someone who does. Thanks for reading. 4/4