Founder | film writer & producer
I'm a rising M4 student at the University of Michigan Medical School. Depression robbed me of the things I value most: my intellectual curiosity, my motivation to help others, and my interest in living. I have always been a very competitive and self-conscious person, and for a long time I did everything I could to hide what I was going through. I was so ashamed. But the tears of my colleagues, the tales of deferred suicide attempts my classmates confided in me, and the tragic deaths of bright minds – at my own institution, and around the country -- lent strength to my conviction to be open about my experience. I started this initiative in the hopes of changing the culture of the medical profession, so that more developing physicians who need help aren't afraid of ask for it.
This is my story as published in JAMA.
Thank you to everyone who supported and contributed to this initiative!
The University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, with special thanks to Dr. John Greden and Dr. Sagar Parikh
The University of Michigan Medical School, with special thanks to Dr. Rajesh Mangrulkar and Dr. Tamara Gay
Our Brave Video Participants:
Heather Burrows, MD, Pediatrics
Katie Kruse, MD, Psychiatry
David Stewart, MD, Medicine-Pediatrics
Amy Tschirhart, Counseling Psychologist
Douglas Gelb, MD, Neurology
Erin Inman, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Erin McKean, MD, Otolaryngology
Matthew Hughes, MD, Psychiatry
Samuel MacKenzie, MD, Pediatric Neurology
Srijan Sen, MD, Psychiatry
Michael Englesby, MD, Transplantation Surgery
Kathryn Baker, MD, Psychiatry
Todd Jaffe & Charles Hwang, Musical Accompaniment to Video
Michael Hortsch, PhD, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Provision of Neurohistology Images
Katelyn Kelly, Creative Consultant & Web Designer. katelynkelly.com