Over coffee, Martha explains how severe
depression left her wanting to end her life and unable to have normal
conversations with people.
"I woke up every day with suicide on my
mind, and I went to bed with suicide on my mind," Martha says.
Nearly broke, and without health insurance, her life became a "dark maze
of mental illness," she says.
She went into the hospital for
treatment at least a dozen times, and she needed to get county assistance to
help pay for her medicines. "I realized what it meant to be on the margins of
society," she says.
Now recovered, Martha directs an agency that
advocates for people who have mental illnesses. Her work allows her to be an
"edgy voice" for those like her who need help to recover.
do get better," she says.
Martha's story reflects her experiences as told in an interview. The photograph is not of Martha, to protect her privacy.