As 2017 comes to an end it’s a time to look back and reflect on the growth and changes that have happened over the last 365 days while looking ahead to future goals and ambitions for 2018.
For Ellie Wilkie and her family, 2017 has seen depression, attempted suicide and sweet sweet redemption.
In a viral Facebook post from November 28th, Ellie reveals that 2017 didn’t get off to a great start with her family—and particularly with her father, Brian Wilkie.
Suffering mentally from crippling depression, Brian attempted suicide.
“His battle has been hard. Depression (at the beginning), meant not much emotion from him, not wanting to get out of bed, no sleeping and heavy drinking.”
In her post, Ellie focuses less on the bad times that came with Brian’s depression this year, and instead offered encouragement from the incredible strides that he’s made in overcoming depression.
“Today, he ends the year starting his new career in becoming a recovery support worker.”
After his suicide attempt, Brian got “a lot of specialized help,” followed the 12 Stages of Recovery program, and learned healthy ways to replace alcohol with the gym and cooking.
“Our relationship as a family is stronger than ever,” Ellie writes. “It wasn’t easy to get my dad to where he is now—it took complete commitment from him and total support from my Mom, sisters and me… But, we did it!”
She hopes her sharing Brian’s journey will encourage others with the simple truth that “It’s okay, not to be okay.”
Way to go Brian!