Updated: Mar 8, 2021

“As we approach the one-year mark since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, MTV Documentary Films will release Each and Every Day, from Peabody-winning director Alexandra Shiva, which showcases the experiences of young people and the urgency of talking about mental health and getting help.” Nellie Andreeva, Co-Editor-in-Chief, TV

Read the full article, MTV Sets Timely ‘Each And Every Day’ Documentary About Teen Depression & Suicide. is now streaming Each and Every Day. Check it out now.

Last year February, I was invited to speak at the 2020 National Active Minds Conference, the nation’s premier conference focused on young adults and mental health.

I was super excited about the opportunity to connect and strategize with fellow mental health advocates and stigma fighters, and also share the stage with some amazing speakers like, Zackary Levi, Frank Warren, Kevin Briggs, Kai Roberts, Greg Vogt, Pablo Campos and many others!

Photo by Ralph Alswang #ActiveMindsCon20

While at the conference, I was presented with an opportunity to participate in a documentary film about mental health and suicide. It was a no-brainer for me! "Of course!" If you know anything about me, you know that I am passionate about encouraging the conversation about mental health and I’m on a mission to eradicate the stigma of mental illness. My passion comes from my mental health struggles.

During my freshman year of college, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. I felt alone. Hopeless. Helpless.

Fast forward six years later, and I’ve established a business and built partnerships that enable me to share my mental health story with individuals around the world.

I do what I do because I battled severely with depression, suicidal ideation and it almost took my life. Whenever I speak, coach, or write, I want others to know that they’re not alone if they’re struggling, and although they may be depressed now, they don’t have to stay depressed forever.

Through Christ, therapy, and a whole lot of work I overcame depression! That’s my message of hope.

I’m so excited about the release of this documentary film Each and Every Day, which will premiere commercial-free on MTV February 16th at 9pm ET/PT

It was truly a pleasure to work with all of the brave souls who stepped up to share their mental health stories. Also, I enjoyed working with Alexandra Shiva, Peabody Award-winning documentary director, Lindsey Megrue, producer, the entire team at Gidalya Pictures, The Jed Foundation, and everyone who played a part in the creation of this film.

It’s about time that we start to have open conversations about mental health and suicide. I believe that this film will impact many lives.

Watch the trailer, Each and Every Day: Stories from Survivors | MTV Documentary Films

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As much as I tried, I could not pray depression away. I got down on my knees every night; I tried praying louder and harder, but still remained depressed.

For so long, I believed the lie that I could pray depression away. I thought, I don’t need a therapist, God is my therapist. Somehow, I learned that needing help for a mental issue meant that I was spiritually weak and should be ashamed for struggling with something that I couldn’t physically see.

After being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder during my freshman year of college, I started my journey towards treatment with the help of some mental health professionals. I had a psychiatrist and a therapist.

I can share this openly now, but at the time it was one of the biggest secrets that I kept from everyone except my psychiatrist, my therapist, and the front desk receptionist who scheduled my appointments. I can share this openly now, but at the time it was one of the biggest secrets that I kept from everyone except my psychiatrist, my therapist, and the front desk receptionist who scheduled my appointments.

Unlearning the lie that “I can pray depression and anxiety away” was extremely difficult because I was going against my core belief system by accepting help from a mental health professional. In doing so, it felt like I was saying, God I don’t trust you to heal me, so I will turn to someone and something else for help. This belief was deeply planted in my mind, making it feel nearly impossible to uproot and modify.

Reshaping my perspective around depression and seeking help took countless hours of reflection, prayer, and a willingness to be open to new information. It was a challenging shift to make!

Initially, I felt so much guilt, shame, and anxiety around doing something that should’ve been second nature.

You cannot pray depression away.

I speak to many students around the United States who struggle with the same lie that kept me stuck for a very long time… the lie that says, “if you’re struggling with your mental health, you need to just pray about it.” I don’t think that there is anything wrong with prayer, but unfortunately there are many people who are turning down help and not taking advantage of mental health treatment and resources because of the belief that prayer is the end all be all. In fact, prayer is a part of the process and not the only part of the process.

I know this to be true because I tried it. I did not seek help for depression because I thought I could just pray it away.

It wasn’t until my situation got worse that I made a decision to try professional help.

If you are struggling with your mental health, or if you know someone who is struggling… get help. Don’t suffer in silence. Don’t believe the lie that prayer alone will suffice.

I hope this helps… Let’s UNLEARN these lies!

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