Shot by Alyssa Castro
Edited by Andres Reyes
Ed Note: Robert Cervantez, 19, says he’s been dealing with feelings of depression since middle school. After Robert began resorting to self-harm as a coping mechanism, his family tried conventional therapy but it didn’t seem to help. Ultimately, it was a particular brand of music and the community around it that provided a much needed cathartic outlet for Robert.
#FeelBetter is a social media-driven storytelling campaign about depression in young people, with the idea that sharing stories about not only depression, but also access to treatment, could begin to break through the stigma that keeps so many young people suffering in silence – and also encourage health coverage enrollment among youth.
If you are dealing with depression, it’s important to get help. You have options. Learn more here.