Defeating Depression: One Man’s Flight to Find Joy is a book of hope designed for sufferers of depression and anxiety, and for those that love them.
The book’s author, Stacy Brimhall, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says this topic is important to him. “I believe anxiety and depression is far more widespread than people care to admit. There are many who suffer in silence, and far too many who give up and take their own life. Unless we start speaking out about it, the suffering will continue and will only increase,” he says.
Brimhall says he first began writing the book for his children and descendants. “I wanted others who came after me, especially any who, like me, have a genetic form of mental illness, to know how their forefathers dealt with it,” Brimhall says.
Brimhall’s editor and publisher, Cecily Markland Condie, told him that his story could help others as well. He says, “It was a hard decision to make because the minute I went public with it, I knew I would be stigmatized, which is just another form of discrimination. But Cecily told me it would help save lives, and that was the tipping point for me. I’m okay with being stigmatized if this book can help save someone’s life.”
Condie says, “In his book, Stacy shares helps for others in the form of what he calls the Barbed Wire Principle, along with four ‘mind ingredients’ that allowed him to lift himself out of depression.”
Brimhall says, “Writing the book was both therapeutic yet also very difficult! It is very hard to put yourself out there like this, especially with the current stigma associated with mental illness.”
Brimhall serves on the board for a foundation called Bring Change 2 Mind (BC2M), co-founded by actress Glenn Close and David Watson. Their mission is “to start the conversation to end the stigma associated with mental illness. It’s an almost impossible goal but the foundation has found compelling success so far, especially in California and New York, but our hope is to make the foundation and its mission known worldwide.”
The book is currently available on Amazon and at Inglestonepublishing.com.