After losing her husband to depression, Penelope Draganic had to rebuild her life and the lives of her children. Searching in the aftermath of this tragic, life-altering experience, Penelope identified a major contributing factor in the death of her husband — and the deaths of many others suffering from mental illness — shame.
Ashamed of his disease and what he perceived as his own weakness, Penelope’s husband didn’t get the help he needed when it might've made a difference. Her story sheds light on an insidious, pervasive concern about the way we perceive and address mental illness.
The stigma of suffering from mental illness is one of the most isolating and destructive elements of it. Only by allowing sufferers of depression to acknowledge and seek treatment for their afflictions — free from shame and judgement — can we begin to heal the harrowing impact of these diseases.