Stories by ellenhacker

What’s in a Name?

Konner Paxton’s story as told by Lisa Renze-Rhodes I want to use my name. I want to use my name and tell my story because there are others, there are kids who need to know that someone feels like them, is like them. And they are here for a reason, because I am here for […]

Missing My Sister

Jennifer’s story written by Christine Rhine God, just let me die, I whispered. Everybody will be better off. I poured the pills into my hand and hesitated. I thought of my husband and of our daughters. All their lives they would have to live with my decision. At prom. At graduation. On their wedding days. I know that […]

Taking Flight

Meredith’s Story / 19 years old written by Megan Haynes I have faded scars. Some on my shoulder and some on my wrists. They’re not prominent, but in a certain light you can see them. I used to look at them and think: here is what I’ve done. I can go back to this self-harm, and this […]

Spring Has Arrived: Does Depression Decrease?

Spring in Indiana is in full swing. Flowers are just beginning to bloom and now the temperatures are just beginning to reach 70 and 80 degrees. For most people, this warm weather and bubbly atmosphere outside brings them out of the winter blues.  However, this week I saw this article in an online publication from […]

Lifestyle Habits Can Help Prevent Depression

Signs of depression should always be taken very seriously, and seeking professional medical help is always recommended. This blog post focuses on ways to help prevent or alleviate mild feelings or periods of depression. A recent research study by the Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine claims that exercise can help alleviate and […]

What can you do on-campus to raise awareness?

While Facing Depression focuses on both the Muncie community as well as Ball State’s campus, this blog centers around campus resources. Being a student is difficult enough as it is, and adding a mental illness on top of the workload can make everyday life much more difficult. As the awareness about mental illness grows, so […]

Choosing When to Tell Your Story

Depression is different for everyone. The seriousness, longevity and treatment varies by the individual, and the willingness to speak up or speak out about depression is unique to nearly everyone with the condition. For Facing Depression, courageous members of the Muncie community have chosen to tell their stories. Each experience paints a different picture for […]

how YOU can support the project…

Ellen Hacker, content manager, reminds us of the logistics for Facing Depression in East Central Indiana.   Please donate to help fund the publication & free distribution of the book!  Please visit our GoFundMe campaign for details. The goal of The Facing Project is to inform & educate … and we need your help! To […]

Facing Depression in Your Career

Needless to say, some jobs are more difficult than others. Whether you’re dealing with difficult situations or subject matter, or simply in an environment with others who might feel down, some careers tend to have higher rates of depression. According to, these jobs have increased rates of depression: • Nursing home and childcare workers […]