Each-Other Project Challenges Depression for GBTQ Men of Color
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May 2, 2016

Each-Other Project Challenges Depression for GBTQ Men of Color

I was once told that depression was a privilege. To be able to express one’s feelings without judgment from the surrounding community is an exclusive right of the affluent, I was told.

I suffer from depression, and as a white man from a middle-class family, I had resources at my fingertips. I had school counselors, therapists, and doctors who could prescribe me medication. Depression was and is still a challenge, no doubt, but these resources, along with the support of my family and friends (my mother also suffers from clinical depression) made the road much smoother.

This is not the case in all communities. Many cultures dismiss any discussion of “feelings” or “sadness” because they are (supposedly) signs of weakness. Men must be strong, and strength has no room for sadness or depression.

In addition, many people lack the financial means to receive support. Depression can be viewed as a frivolous condition, for which expensive treatments are not necessary. But depression is a mental issue dealing with chemicals in the brain. It is as serious as any other medical condition, and must be treated.

Groups like The Each-Other Project, with their #DearDepression campaign, are working to bridge these disparities. By broadcasting the prevalence of depression, they are breaking through cultural misconceptions around the illness and garnering support for those who suffer from it.

It was a strange way to say it, but depression certainly is a privilege. Support should be available to everyone who suffers from it, regardless of race, gender, creed, or sexual orientation. It should be taken seriously, and The Each-Other Project is helping to create that understanding.

Check out the campaign during National Anxiety and Depression Week (May 2-8) on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook.

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A transplant to Brooklyn from the Midwest, Dain has been an advocate for change since the beginning. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Documentary Film Producing, he continued this work at organizations that shared this mission, including Kartemquin Films, creators of Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters, POV, a documentary series on PBS, Film Sprout, the community outreach powerhouse behind The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground, and UnionDocs, a non-fiction community arts organization. He continues this passion as the founder and host of Permission, a blog and podcast encouraging "no apologies" in the LGBTQ+ world.