The internet is full of people with depression, but few of them have had it as bad as one woman in South Dakota.
In her hometown of Kountze, South Dakota, the 44-year-old has struggled with depression since her husband died and she found herself falling apart emotionally.
Now, she is taking a stand, taking her fight online.
She is a member of a group called the South Dakota Suicide Prevention Alliance, which is dedicated to getting more people to seek help when they are feeling suicidal.
And she knows what she’s talking about.
“I don’t know what depression is,” she told CNN.
“I’m a good person.
I’ve worked hard, but I’m not a saint.
I’m definitely not an angel.
I don’t deserve a medal of honor just because I’m depressed.”
She says depression has gotten to her and other women, but there is nothing she can do about it.
“It’s a mental health issue,” she said.
“It’s not something that happens in a vacuum.”
Kountze has a population of about 11,000.
The city is located about 40 miles northwest of the Minnesota border.
It is considered the “crown jewel” of the Dakotas western Dakotana.
Many of the communities in South Dakotanas population of approximately 100,000 people are located in rural areas where unemployment rates are around 20%.
“I live in rural, small town, rural, rural and I’ve never felt like I was a part of this community before,” said Amy Miller, the mayor of Kempte.
Miller is part of a community group called Kounte Valley Mental Health Association, which advocates for the mental health of South Dakots people.
Kounte is about 30 miles south of the state capital, Columbia, and about 15 miles from the nearest population center.
Its population is about 35,000, and the area is considered a hub for the Dakots agricultural and manufacturing industry.
The state has a total of 4,500 mental health professionals working in the state, according to the South Dakotic Mental Health Alliance.
“This is a very small population, but we know how to make a difference,” said Miller.
“The mental health community in South South Dakota is really well trained,” she continued.
“We know how you talk to someone.
We know how they act, we know what’s going on in their day to day life.”
Miller has been a member for nearly 10 years, but she’s not sure what her next step is.
She said she doesn’t want to “do anything rash,” but she also doesn’t know how long she will continue to do that.
“Every single day I think about my husband, how he was a good husband, he was my husband,” she added.
“He was just a good, hard-working man, and that’s what I want to give back to people.
And to tell people that I’m in his debt and he’s in my debt and that I owe him.”
Miller says she doesn “think about what I could have done differently, and I’m very aware that if I’m honest with myself, I’ve done a lot to try to help other people.”
“If I could tell somebody they could use some help, I’m going to try,” she concluded.
Kempte is part a community of about 2,500 in South Carolina.
The town has a median household income of $54,700.
Miller lives in a small town with a small population of only about 8,000 in South Davids population of around 40,000 and a population density of about 7,500.
It’s a town that has been struggling with mental health issues for years.
In 2010, South Dakota Public Schools closed because of a mental illness crisis.
That was followed by a suicide rate of nearly 40% in 2011, according the South Davis Office of Mental Health.
In 2014, a new wave of suicides began.
In 2015, the suicide rate was nearly 80%.
In 2016, the State of South Dakota cut funding for mental health services.
In 2017, the South Carolina Department of Health announced a $1.3 million cut to mental health support.
That same year, the state cut funding to the Mental Health Agency, which provides mental health care for adults and families in the South.
“We’re just trying to do what we can, but unfortunately, it’s hard,” said Kountee County Commissioner Mike Davis.
Davis has been involved in the mental wellness community for years and said it is a battle for the state.
“Our state is so small, it really has no resources,” he said.
“There are so many places that we have to work with in order to try and make a change in the way South Dakotes people are getting treatment,” Davis added.
“And this is a really hard issue to address.”
Miller said she is not sure how long this battle will last.
“Maybe I’ll have to move to another state or something