Over the past couple years I’ve shared my personal story through different posts on Facebook and on Made Bravely. While it isn’t always easy putting my feelings—my story—out there, more often than not someone reaches out and shares their own personal struggles with me. This tells me two things. One, there are many in our culture who suffer quietly with depression, anxiety, mental illness, and addictions. Two, sharing my experiences is necessary.
According to the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration):
In 2013, an estimated 15.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This represented 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults.
Over the next year my goal is to be balanced in my writing and sharing. I’ll continue the personal writing and self exploration through Made Bravely, but I will be putting more energy and time into reading, researching, and curating information that may help educate readers about mental illness and more importantly provide insights that may improve our mental wellness. Aside from rousing a curiosity for mental wellness, my long term goal is to share the stories of others who have established habits which allow them to more effectively cope with their struggles. In sharing, I hope to help those whom suffer find solace, courage, and their own resiliency.
Made Bravely is a curious inquiry into living—better. It will be an exploration into mountains of the mind, and wilderness and movement as essential elements to mental wellness. In it’s infancy, Everthirst will be a curation and cataloging of articles, books, and personal stories exploring the themes of mental wellness, resiliency, creativity, physical movement, and our imperative connection to nature. I’ll be applying my curiosity and thirst for reason and meaning to unearth philosophical, spiritual, and scientific wisdom for living better.
Note: I’ve moved all content into this site and will be expanding the project.
If you have experienced bouts of depression or anxiety, or know others that suffer with mental illness, I ask that you follow Made Bravely (Facebook, Twitter) and share any insights posted that may resonate with you or that may benefit friends and family. Thanks for taking the time to read.