I feel this is a really important book on a subject that is difficult for our society to engage. Throughout the pandemic, we often called people who work as nurses or firefighters or police officers "heroes." However, our society is never really responsible about acknowledging the tolls those jobs take.
Douglas R. Brown does a good job presenting a descent into depression in a way that's easy to engage. His first story is framed like 'A Christmas Carol,' which adds a certain built-in familiarity to a difficult narrative. That familiarity is reassuring because it offers the promise of a happy ending.
The promise of a happy ending is really what this book is all about. Anyone who has dealt with depression has experienced hopelessness. The important message here is that no matter how far you descend, there is always the chance to rise back up.
It's important for our society to have more responsible conversations about mental health. There are very difficult jobs in the world where people are forced to have traumatic experiences every day. We need people in those positions to save us in emergency situations. It's important that we take the time to save them as well.