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How Sharing Stories Of Depression Can Help You Heal

Author Joshua Rivedal discusses his new book and his own struggle with mental illness.

After struggling with depression for years, Joshua Rivedal is sharing his story -- and countless others -- with the world.

Rivedal, whose new book The i'Mpossible Project hits shelves in January, joined HuffPost Live to discuss his road to recovery and what pushed him to publish it.

"I lost my father to suicide in 2009 and he lost his dad to suicide in the late 1960s, so this is something that I've been dealing with almost for my entire life," Rivedal said. "Two years after I lost my dad, I went through my own suicidal crisis. I didn't have coping skills, tools or anything like that, and so it was a very dark period in my life, and thankfully, I was able to get help."

Rivedal said opening up to his mother and going to therapy helped him find his way through. Now he hopes to do the same for others with his book, which includes stories of both tragedy and triumph.

"I've been sharing my own story for almost five years, and after sharing my story I realized I need to help other people to share their stories too," he told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani. "So this book has [stories of] bipolar disorder, LGBT issues, suicide, mental health. There's lots of really powerful things and people who have inspired with me and I get to share them with the world."

Check out the clip above and watch the full conversation about The i'Mpossible Project over on HuffPost Live.

If you -- or someone you know -- need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

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