For Dave Morrow, a spontaneous car drive started his journey to mental health.
“I had a meltdown at my house, hopped into my car, I drove for hours trying to figure out what was going on in my mind because it wasn’t anything that I could control,” recalled Dave of the incident that happened in the 1980s.
After driving around for a while, he sought help from a police officer who took him to the hospital where he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Now, Dave is active with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and founded Humans of Findlay, showcasing the stories of people in his community. He found that the more he involved himself in the community, the more people got to know him, and the more comfortable he felt sharing his story. Once he started to speak out about his mental health, he inspired others to do the same.
“It’s important to talk about mental health and normalize it,” added Tiffany Pottkotter, PMHNP-BC, who specializes in behavioral health. “It’s important to at least bounce [if you’re not feeling quite right] off of somebody–a mental health professional–so we can get to an accurate diagnosis and an earlier treatment.”
Dave Morrow is helping people do just that. You can, too.