This week’s musical artist and song may not be familiar to you. I didn’t know about them until recently but, I must tell you, I’ve discovered a new heroine. Meet Meg Hutchinson. She’s a young poet, song writer and vocalist who spreads her message of hope and courage while debunking the stigma toward those who face mental illness. Listen to one of Meg’s songs, “Home” here.
At nineteen years of age, Meg experienced her first serious bout of depression, but did not receive treatment. Within the year, she experienced the loss of her grandmother, pushing her further into her depression.
In 2005, Meg’s depression worsened and she began to suffer from hypomania, periods of elation and hyperactivity, as well.
After returning from a European tour in 2006, Meg spent time in a mental health treatment center and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Following her diagnosis, Meg recuperated for a year, making many life changes. At the end of 2007, she began recording Come Up Full and she returned to performing. The next year she released the album and played over 130 shows in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Ireland. Read an interview with Meg Hutchinson here.
This is one gutsy young woman. People such as Meg, and the young woman I will be writing about in my blog on Thursday, are so refreshing. They are brave, articulate, not ashamed and, most importantly, they make a difference.