House of Blues: Part two of a conversation with Andrew Solomon about depression

If you’re in crisis, don’t hold it in. On this episode of The Civilist we’re going to do something a little different. It’s easy for many to feel a little blue this time of year, but the holidays can be especially difficult for people who are struggling with depression. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-8255. It inspired me to write an essay in the New York Times called, “Opening Up About Depression.” You’ll hear it mentioned. This segment goes deeper into the causes of depression, and how the way we talk about mental illness affects the way people see and deal with it. I should tell you that “Noonday Demon” made a tremendous difference in helping me understand my own life-long depression. If you haven’t heard it, I invite you to go back and check out that episode. This episode is the second part of my interview with Andrew Solomon. He’s a clinical psychology professor at Columbia, and wrote “Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” which details his own struggles with depression.Player utilitiesPopout
downloadListen to the Story. Other resources can be found through the National Alliance on Mental Illness website, which is And I’ve been thinking more about that interview, now that we’re now smack dab in the dark days of December.

On our earlier show, Solomon shared his advice about how to come out about depression, and ways to be supportive when a loved one discloses their struggle. It’s called “Say This, Not That.”
But you only heard part of that conversation. You might remember a conversation I had with the incomparable Andrew Solomon a few months back. And the Trevor Project ( is a truly amazing service for LGBTQ people in crisis.