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Wil Wheaton On Battling Depression for Project UROK

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Actor Wil Wheaton speaks candidly about his struggles with chronic depression and generalized anxiety disorder for the mental health non-profit Project UROK.

By Daniel Barron

 

“You are not alone.” You hear that a lot when you’re coping with depression, that there is nothing isolated or anomalous about your state of mind. Countless others have shared your experience, they have endured and so can you. So chin up!

But what good is having a spiritual neighbor when you live in a room with no windows and no doors? Since its formation in 2014, the mental health non-profit Project UROK has been using the information super highway of the internet as a bridge between hearts and minds suffering from mental illness. Through intimate video confessionals from prominent figures as well as user-generated content, Project UROK seeks to educate teenagers about depression, create a community, and reduce suicide. By giving oft-misunderstood emotions a face and a platform, the organization hopes to destigmatize ailments that are more common than any of us think

The following video is an honest account from actor Wil Wheaton about his struggles with chronic depression and generalized anxiety disorder. It’s an emotional piece that addresses something that isn’t discussed enough: How does one cope after the storm? How does one adjust to “the new normal” when “normal” has meant despair for so long? It hit me on a very personal level and it should connect with a lot of our readers, too. We hope you will feel motivated to repost and share.

Look for an interview with Project UROK founder Jenny Jaffe in the coming weeks at Yay! LA Magazine.

 

 

Learn more about Project UROK on their website.

Subscribe to the Project UROK YouTube page.

Follow Project UROK on Twitter and Instagram.

“Like” Project UROK on Facebook.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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