Each January, we recognize and consider the works of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. His name has become synonymous with quietly standing up for one’s beliefs and forging change. What many people don't realize is that MLK fought his own demons – namely depression.
People who worked with Dr. King have told the stories of his depression. His demeanor sometimes went from ebullient to morose; he was often exhausted, and constantly worried. Some historians point to the intense stress he was under as the likely reason for his depression.
However, mental health experts suggest that stress later in life does not explain the suicide attempts he made as a youth, or the periods of hospitalizations he had for being "exhausted.” This month, as you take a moment to remember Dr. King’s legacy, honor him by taking care of your own mental health. Check your symptoms at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/mott and find local resources.