I have decided to use 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 have never felt like I was able to share my struggle with anyone until recently. Considering the stigma surrounding mental illness, I have found it instinctual to approach each day with feigned happiness, rather than having to justify my misery. Nevertheless, I do not want to pretend anymore. I cannot spend the rest of my life living a lie. I want to be able to love and be proud of every part of myself, the good and the bad. The truth is that mental illness is a much larger phenomenon than most people realize and it is time to dispel the stigma. I am here to give a voice to those who are still hiding in the shadows of mental illness and do not have the courage to speak out. Most importantly, I am here for my salvation.