Creator / Producer
"In January 2018, my Dad took his own life. Over and over I’ve heard the metaphor used that he, and others who die by suicide, are “looking through a pinhole,” and that they cannot see anything beyond their own pain. While it’s helpful for some, I struggle with this metaphor, because I believe my Dad’s experience to be different than that. I think he spent much of his life considering the option of suicide, that he selflessly held on until my brother and I were in a place in our lives to be able to cope with the loss. I believe that issues like suicide can’t be generalized, and that it’s important to look at suicide as an outcome within a greater context, taking into account mental illness, trauma, addiction, and other sociocultural factors. Access to in depth, humanizing accounts of these issues based on lived experience is important because it reconnects us to human experience. My hope is to use storytelling to help shift our culture towards being more supportive of people experiencing problems that impact mental health."
Editor / Writer
"I’ve lived with mental illness for ten years, almost half my life. I do not know who I would be without it. My identities as a writer, friend, and partner are irrevocably intertwined with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I grew up with a father who similarly struggled. Throughout his life, he tried and failed to obtain treatment, and ultimately chose to process his pain alone. He died of natural causes in May 2019 without ever really finding peace. He and many others like him have been failed by our socioeconomic and cultural systems, driven to isolation and silence. I believe in the power of storytelling to heal trauma and transform grief. My goal in this project, and in my own life, is to break cycles of mental suffering through compassion, openness, and art."
Visuals / Design
"Within my own family, we have had to overcome the taboo of discussing our mental health out of necessity. I see the culture of suppression deeply ingrained not in society in general, but within my personal life, and experience the toxicity that comes with it. Two years ago, I made the decision to come to my parents for help about my own depression, because it was becoming uncontrollable on my own. When doing so, I had the feelings of shame, helplessness, and an overall urge to keep repressing it with a well rehearsed smile. I am much better for taking the plunge. Talking about my own depression, and listening to those in my circle describe their individual struggles with mental illness, trauma, and suicidality have eroded those feelings of shame for me. I joined the Epilogue team because I believe, however uncomfortable, vulnerability and empathy are some of the essential building blocks of a healthier, happier world. Through this project, I hope many can see the benefit of sharing their own stories and mental health needs with those they love."