We are so excited to profile cast member DJ Lee of the Seneca Valley show. The show will take place on Thursday, April 20th at Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, MD.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is DJ Lee. I'm seventeen years old, and I go to Sherwood High School as a sophomore (started school a year late). I live with my parents and my younger sister, my oldest sister goes to Howard University in Washington DC. My hobbies include drawing, writing, reading, and exercising.
How has mental illness affected your life?
Depression has caused me to lose interest in almost everything, including living. I became more grumpy and antisocial, if it was possible I would stay in my room for most of the day. I also wondered what my purpose was in life and if anyone would care if I committed suicide.
Why did you want me to be a part of This Is My Brave?
I wanted to be a part of This Is My Brave because I feel like people should see depression in a different light. It's not about being sad/tired or I'm ungrateful about my life. It's more like being in a state of hopelessness and no matter how hard you try it will always come back.
What inspires you to stay healthy?
My family inspires me, mostly because when I told my parents about committing suicide, they had tears in their eyes. I barely see my parents in that state, it shows that I am important in someone's life. And for the longest time, the only reason I didn't kill myself was because of my family. Also, hearing other people's stories about depression/suicide and how it affected them. These stories touch my heart, and I realize that I'm not the only one feeling like this.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
I hope that the audience learns that depression is not an emotion not should it be treated as one. Also, that it's okay for boys to have this illness, and not let society shape them.