Not Alone – Stories Of Living With Depression

Note: The Call For Submissions has been extended to June 30, 2011

SummaryNot Alone – Stories Of Living With Depression is a Civitas Press community project that explores stories of people who have or are currently experiencing depression. By collecting and sharing these stories, the project will communicate that depression is very real and that people are not alone in their experience. The purpose is first to communicate a sense of reality about the problem, and develop an awareness of people’s experiences. While we welcome you to share what has helped you in dealing with depression, we want to avoid making “should” statements regarding how others deal with their depression.

Depression is a very real experience for most human beings. But it often comes with a social stigma that says, “It’s not okay to have depression.” Because of this stigma, people often remain quiet about it and never see that the person next to them has it, or has experienced it in the past.

We are looking for real, honest stories of people wrestling with the issue. We encourage you to let it all out on the page, and share in detail both the external circumstances and the internal conflicts that arise because of it. When at all possible show – don’t tell. Give us the gritty details, the emotions, the conflict, how you felt, how you responded (good and bad), and what you learned, if applicable to your story. Although we rarely censor graphic content or language if it serves the story, we ask that you use discretion. We are NOT looking for self-help essays on solutions, professional opinions, or agendas.

The project is an outgrowth of a series of blog posts on:

Download the Project Submission Document:



Current Categories:

The project is currently broken up into four categories. These categories may change as the project develops.  We encourage you to shape your submission to fit within one of these categories.

  • Recognition/Awareness: These are stories that focus on the events leading up to the experience of depression, and the initial emotions associated with it.
  • Acceptance: These are stories that focus on coming to terms with depression.
  • Recovery: These are stories that focus on what you did to deal with depression.
  • Post-Depression Reflections: These are stories that focus on a sense of resolution, or overcoming depression.

Current Authors Contributing Content: Alise Wright (Narrator), Misty Chaffins, Chuck Larish, Katie McNemar, Megg Joosten, Jamie, Joanna Ross, Chad Jones, Julia Dixon, Samurai, Laura Crook, Joy Bennett, Tamara Lunardo, Crystal Clancy, Laura Droege, Michael Doran, Matt Cannon, Travis Mamone, Allison Carroll, Joy Bennett, Jake Kampe, Jeremy Meyers, Joe Sewell, Christina Shumway, Jean Anderson, Kyla Cofer, Melissa Binstock, Michael Russo, Leigh Kramer, Melody H. Hanson & Jenny Susa.

Download the Project Submission Document: Not_Alone_Project

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