Ian McGuckin

Advocate

Journey

I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder December of my freshman year. I struggled and my family noticed me pulling away and isolating myself from things and people I loved. A year later, I began self harming on a frequent basis. This only worked to increase my feelings of loneliness as I had to constantly wear long sleeves and hide things from my family and friends. I went to a nearby mental hospital after a particular difficult episode for my family to experience. My self harming behaviors seriously exacerbated my problems with suicidal ideation and I nearly lost the battle but it was my motivation to help this world and those who are struggling that pulled me out. I had to go to the hospital twice for injuries caused to myself and am now left with very wide and prominent scars on my forearms and wrists. However, I don’t hide them anymore. I am not ashamed of who I am or what has happened to me and I want to help other people to feel the same way. Throughout my journey, I concealed what I was going through because of my fear that my friends and those close to me would change their perception of me due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Since I have recovered and my condition has improved, I have made it my mission to reduce the pervasive impact of this stigma and help in any way to ensure less people have to struggle through their demons alone.

Contact Info

Email : t3mcguckin@outlook.com