Twenty million people in the U.S suffer from depression every year, and 1 in 4 adults suffer an episode of depression before age 24. Yet over two thirds of young people do not talk about or seek help for depression symptoms.

Depression is something that so many in our community face, but is so often not discussed. That’s about to change in Muncie.

Dr. Adam Kuban’s Ingelhart Scholars journalism class is partnering with The Facing Project and community organizations in Muncie to give voice to life facing depression in Muncie, Indiana.

These experiences leave a mark on an individual and on a community, yet these stories, because of their sensitive nature, are rarely told.  Using the anonymous model provided by the Facing Project, we will shine a light on a reality too many in our community are facing daily.

Here’s how it works:

Writers in the Muncie community are matched with someone facing depression–the storyteller. This may be an individual who is currently facing depression or who has faced depression in the past, family members of those facing depression, and professional caregivers, therapists, and doctors who help those with depression. The writer will meet with the storyteller and then write a story as if they are them, writing in the first person. We’ll work with our community partners to collect these stories and facilitate the relationship between writers and storytellers. The stories will be compiled in a book to be released at a community monologue event (details to come).