Rob Krar: Running with Depression
By James Q Martin
I am so happy and honored at this opportunity to work with the Movember Foundation and Rob Krar to speak up on the crisis in men’s mental health. This is a cause I believe in strongly, and learning what my friend Rob struggles with has inspired me to put a special amount of myself into this project.
Rob Krar is a private person, and there is a line that he and I had yet to cross until recently. Our friendship has been forged through handfuls of photo and video shoots, as we push each other's creativity and athletic skills. When Rob called, asking me to be part of Movember's film project, I knew we were going to cross that line, venture into the dark place, and talk openly about his deep struggle with depression and his thoughts of suicide.
Working with Rob for the Movember film was eye opening and heartwarming. I believe I learned a lot about my friend and this illness. I am honored that Movember chose to trust me, and allowed me to make a film which goes beyond the surface level of depression. It is my hope this piece will help educate and inspire, thus saving lives.