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‘You feel more dead than alive’

Thomas Baldwin meets a young minister aiming to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

ONE day last year, the Rev Scott McCrum says, things got on top of him. Sat on the sofa with tears running down his face, his father’s dog cuddled up to him, he took a selfie and posted it on Facebook, the social media site.

“I got loads and loads of comments on it, loads of messages saying it was great that a minister could be so open about how they feel,” he says.

Scott, who is 34 and 15 months into his first charge at Christ’s Kirk, Glenrothes, was first diagnosed with depression when he was 16. Although he says some in the church would rather he was more guarded about how he presents himself, he is determined to help lessen the stigma which prevents people seeking help for mental illness.

“I don’t feel any worse about the fact that I used to suffer from depression than the fact that I’ve had a broken bone or that I suffered from migraines,” he says. “I want to speak openly about it, to help other people and let people know they shouldn’t be afraid to seek help.

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