Local woman helps those battling mental illness

Updated: 08/13/2014 12:20 PM
Created: 08/12/2014 5:08 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

Robin Williams died Monday of an apparent suicide. This was shocking news especially for someone who made a name for himself by making people laugh. Williams’ problems with addiction were well publicized but his battle with depression was even deeper.  

Mental illness is something many can relate to. The National Alliance on Mental Illness says one in four adults suffer from it in a given year. That's almost 62-million Americans.

In our area, Angela Warren helps people who are mentally ill. “I really have a real passion for what I do.” She's suffered from severe depression herself. “You're hurting so tremendously. You can't see a way out. I felt like I was a prisoner in my body, like in my head.”

Warren can relate to how beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams might have felt. “I can understand the pain he was in. I had a suicide attempt myself.”

But she pulled through to become a professional sounding board for people for suffering. Just like Cherie Reed-Watt. She's been counseling people for more than a decade. “Any time someone takes their own life, it's tragic. But when someone famous does it, it brings to light what we deal with every day.”
Reed-Watt says some forms of depression are a lifelong process of recovery which is why counselors say it's vital to get help.

Warren said, “Don't be ashamed or frightened to ask for that help. Even if you don't see a solution to what you're going through, you can still have somebody there to support you.”

For more information about how to get help for depression, click here, here or visit East House's website.

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