Major depression is a common mental illness in the United States. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health states that approximately 16 million Americans experience a major depressive episode at least once.

There is no one face of major depressive disorder (MDD) — its impact is as unique as the millions of people it affects each year. To help raise awareness for major depressive disorder and mental health, we’re partnering with people all over the country who are living with MDD to share their stories. If you’re living with MDD — or love someone who is — show us how you combat stigma, practice self-care, or start the conversation around depression and mental health with the hashtag #depressionawareness.

For each submission, we’ll make a donation to a mental health organization supporting research and outreach. Join the conversation!