Slowly, by degrees, more and more people within the black church are opening up about their struggles with mental health.

Among them is Hall of Fame inductee and multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/composer/arranger, Richard Smallwood.

In a recent interview with Chicago Tribune, the 66-year-old revealed that, once upon a time, “I had no desire to live. I was consumed with suicide most of the day.”

Before being diagnosed with clinical depression in 2002, Smallwood wasn’t aware of the source of his angst. In the late 90s, at his worst, he could hardly get out of bed, couldn’t find motivation to bathe, shave, write music or leave the house.

“I just thought I was unhappy a lot,” Smallwood explained. “It was debilitating. I knew Jesus probably longer than some folks have, and I suffered.”

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