Irish Man Opens Up About His Depression, the Internet Listens

By Giuliana Manca, Epoch Times
April 15, 2016 Updated: April 17, 2016
A depression sufferer opened up about his mental health on Facebook. And it went viral.

Posted on April 13, the video has—as of April 15—garnered over 18,000 shares and has been viewed by over 880,000 people.

Irishman Doug Leddin came out as a depression sufferer to his friends and family—the whole world, really—via video. Leddin’s confession is heartfelt and emotive.

I had pushed myself into a dark place, a dark corner. A corner that only had one way out.
— Doug Leddin

“There is something I have wanted to get off my chest for a long time,” writes Leddin in the video’s description. “This will come as a surprise to some of my closest friends who I just couldn’t talk to for fear of loosing them or not being accepted.”

Since the age of 16, Leddin has been “in and out of doctors” treating his depression. The Irishman, who is now 27-years-old, has suffered with mental illness for 10 years. 

“If you asked my family or friends what they thought about me, they’d probably tell you that I’m a happy-go-lucky, positive, hardworking, and confident guy,” Leddin tells the camera. “But all of that is a bit of a lie.”

“I had pushed myself into a dark place, a dark corner. A corner that only had one way out.”

Leddin chokes up when he tell us he “thought about that way [out] every single day for ten years” 

“I was alone in my own mind, even though I could never be alone,” the tearful man continued, “I have so many great friends, family, colleagues, teammates, that I just needed to open up [to]. And I didn’t.”

Leddin hopes he can encourage other people—sufferers and non-sufferers—to open up and talk about their mental health. In the description, Leddin lists Irish organizations that can help those suffering from depression.