My name is Mike Logan Stubbs. I’m a 28-year-old from Kent, England. I am a musician/songwriter.
When my depression is at its worst, I can get so low. It’s like the flick of a switch, and I just can’t control it. Four months ago, my depression got really bad. I attempted to take my own life and was hospitalised. I felt like no matter what I did, I would always feel depressed.
When I got out of hospital, with the support of my family, I made it my mission to get better — and for me, the best way to express my emotions is through music. Music helps me feel like a ‘normal’ person; it is my best therapy.
The better I got, the more I realised that I could do something bigger – if music was helping me, then surely it could help others in the same way? My experience with depression had inspired me to raise awareness. I wanted others to fight like I did, and so now, I use my music to get my message across. Listening to other bands and artists, such as Metallica, Phil Collins and even some classical music, helps me tremendously.
I think that my hopes are already being realised – I’m receiving messages from all over the world, from people saying I inspired them and motivated them to speak up and get help for their mental health issues. I get these messages daily from a lot of people, and it makes me so happy to know that I really can help people through my music! One person even told me I saved their life. That meant more to me than anything in the world.
The video went viral without any promotion – just my own page and the help of hundreds of people who shared it. I think the views are at around 22k and growing. It’s also worth mentioning the song was liked and shared by some celebrities, it has featured in three newspapers, and there’s still more to come …