A voice for silently-struggling men, Dadding Depressed is a resource for guys with mental illness and their supporters from a struggling new dad’s perspective.
Did you know, in 2015, 7 of 10 suicides were males? Ingrained at a young age, sayings like, “Boys don’t cry” and “Cowboy up”, still haunt men into adulthood. These words pressure men into internalizing struggles and empower depression and anxiety to quietly chip away at their lives. Despite common belief, these issues are not gender-exclusive; many men deal with mental illness and too often their battles are fought in silence.
Living with depression and anxiety, I have noticed a need for male advocacy in online resources regarding mental health. I am a freelance writer equipped with honesty, perspective, and humor. As I personally learn how to better function as a new dad and a man dealing with the challenges of mental illness, it is my hope to be a voice for other men who are silently hurting.
I live in East Lansing, Michigan with my gorgeous wife, Lindsey; my eight month old son, Isaiah; and our crazy Cockapoo, Wendell. Over the last five years, I have been on a challenging journey of unraveling my own mental health issues, rediscovering my value, and growing as a father and husband. I love good food, great beer, pretentious coffee, ping-pong, soccer, collecting vinyl records and hardcover editions of my favorite books.