Alaskan Bush People star Rain Brown has opened up about dealing with depression — which she says she has “struggled with a lot” over the past two years.
The 14-year-old, whose mom Ami is currently battling cancer, told others dealing with depression: “I just wanted to let you know you’re not alone and your feelings matter!”
Rain said that when she suspected that she was depressed she was told that she was “too young” to be suffering from the condition. She added that people telling her she was “too young” for all sorts of things had become a theme in her life recently
She then hit back, saying: “They are wrong. I know what I want I know what is right and wrong, and this is MY life, no one else has control only me.”
Rain, who recently revealed she was finding it hard to deal with her mom’s illness, also urged others dealing with depression and other issues to speak out.
She put up her post alongside a motivational message reading: “You can see many smiles every day. But you can never know whose world is actually upside down.”
This probably speaks to a lot of you out there and I just wanted to let you know you're not alone and your feelings matter! The way you feel isn't stupid, I've struggled with a lot of depression over the last couple years, I was told it was puberty I was told I was too young to feel any real emotion that I "wasn't fully developed so my brain couldn't have actually been depressed" one of the main things I struggle with is my age. All my life Ive always been told that I couldn't do this or that because of my age and more recently I've have had a ton of people telling me that I don't know what I want and that Im making a mistake, no matter what I did people told me I was too young and I was stupid. But they are wrong, I know what I want I know what is right and wrong, and this is MY life, no one else has control only me, Now I don't know if y'all ever had this problem but I defiantly know y'all have had problems, and they deserve to be heard, use this hashtag #speakoutagainstdepression in the comments and speak out, everyone deserves to be heard. I love you guys, it does get better, and you can get through this #staysrong #stayhappy #speakout
It was recently reported that Rain’s mom Ami had finished her current course of chemotherapy, but this has not been confirmed.
Ami and the rest of the family moved from Alaska to California so she could undergo treatment after being diagnosed with stage 3b, possibly stage 4, cancer.
At the end of the last season of Alaskan Bush People it was revealed the Brown family later plan to move to Colorado to set up a new permanent home there.
It has not yet been confirmed whether there will be an Alaskan Bush People Season 8.