This is the first episode of a mini-series on mental health with Sean Hagey. Sean approached the Voice of the Patient with the idea for this series and has asked that we help to eradicate mental health stigma. We believe that the stigma cannot be erased without gaining a level of comfort with our own personal discomfort. Sean wants to tell his story, and he wants us to ask all of the necessary questions to bring understanding of patients with mental illness or symptoms of mental illness.
Sean Hagey is a home health physical therapist assistant in Kansas City, MO, and is the creator of GetPT1st. He recently started a new advocacy program for mental health, Mental Health Matters, which you can follow on Twitter @HopeForMH. You can follow Sean on Twitter @SeanHagey. Sean has also written several powerful articles on The Mighty.
In this episode, Sean begins his story by sharing his experience with depression, including how it has affected him since childhood.
Check back next week for the second episode in this mini-series on mental health. In the second episode, Sean talks about what his treatment, coping mechanisms, and successes during his life.