I have decided to utilize this platform to shed some light on mental health, an issue that hits very close to home for myself and others. I have suffered from anxiety and depression for most of my life; however, I never felt like I was able to share my struggle with anyone until fairly recently. Considering the stigma surrounding mental illness, I had found it instinctual to approach each day with feigned happiness, rather than having to justify my misery. Eventually, however, all of the shame that I had been harboring overcame me, and I realized that I cannot spend the rest of my life living a lie. Through sharing my battle, I have been able to live a life that is honest and without shame.