director's story

 

For many years I had known of depression without understFor many years I had known of depression without understanding it. It was something I thought people “could get” like a cold or headache. Friends would mentioned they felt depressed, or were getting depressed about something in their life, and little did I realize these tendencies run deeper and stretch farther than I could ever imagine. I was drawn to this story when I suddenly realized that I had been experiencing wild mood swings that would leave me debilitated for days on end. I had never considered that I might be depressed or could be experiencing symptoms. After all, depression only happens to unhealthy people or someone who is mentally ill... Statistics for North American will vary on answers, but somewhere between 8-14% of the population experience some form of mental illness, and show symptoms of that range from Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Posttramatic Stress, Obsessive Compulsion and varying degrees of Depression. All of which demoralize, debilitate, and dismantle lives. This is much more common than I had ever thought. And there are levels of severity which means it is common to experience mild symptoms and recover. Ok, treated the right way I could pull myself through and reclaim my life, but what about others? And then it hit home with a suicide that started with an Uncle. And then a friend...and another friend...a co-worker...and friend’s friend...and finally an attempted suicide by someone very dear to my heart. What is going on? How was I so blind to these people that needed help. What drove loved ones to do this? The monsters of Mental Illness and Depression are closely tied, and I wanted to understand more. But more importantly I wanted to open a conversation with others. Breakdown the walls and stigmas. Open up the hearts of people want to help and more importantly who need help. This story is the hard work of beautiful and talented people who saw a Demon and wanted to do something about it. This is the delicate dance we’ve woven ourselves, or seen in others. This is, Dance with a Demon. 

Thank you,

Mitch Bax