Mental Health Presentation Features Cleveland-based Photographer Marc Golub

Cleveland-based photographer Marc Golub

 “In one study, 92 percent of depressed patients who had attempted suicide were also plagued by severe anxiety. Like alcohol and barbiturates, depression and anxiety can be a deadly combination when taken together,” says Cleveland-based photographer Marc Golub.

Golub knows first-hand. He experienced a harrowing, life-threatening journey through 22 months of treatment-resistant clinical depression along with a co-occurring major anxiety disorder. A world-class professional photographer and computer geek, Golub has photographed every U.S. president from George H.W. Bush to Donald Trump. With an extensive and diverse body of work, Golub’s photos have appeared in every major publication in the United States and around the world. He is also an entrepreneur, owning ClikSEO—a search engine optimization and social media company.

“Depression is an ocean 1000 feet deep. When a person is a few inches under water he/she is depressed. When a person is 999 feet underwater he/she is also depressed. The only difference is the person at 999 feet is closer to suicide and death,” says Golub. “During the height of my anxiety, I was afraid to shower. I was afraid to go in a car and feared being seen in public. There was no rhyme or reason to this—it just was. And anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 18 percent of adults,” he adds.

Along with a clinical presentation by Licensed Professional Counselor Shelle M. Mathis, Golub will be sharing his 22-month ordeal as a case study Tuesday, April 6, in the presentation, “The Sea of Depression and River of Anxiety - Mapping a Journey of Survival.”

Shelle M. Mathis is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor III. She is CEO and founder of Shelle M. Mathis Counseling Services, where she specializes in substance abuse, depression and anxiety disorders. She is also CEO and founder of Lilly in the Valley Christian Center (LIV), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to heal the broken through the arts and holistic recovery.  Mathis engages eclectic counseling methods to help those recovering from mental health, substance abuse and other life-altering issues.  She is a member of the Lorain County Suicide Coalition Behavioral Health Outreach Committee, facilitates the Elyria Survivors of Suicide Support Group and a member of the LOSS Team.

Cosponsored by Westlake not-for-profit Passion for Change and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County, registration is $35 and open to the public. The program will be held at the ADAMHS Board, 2012 W. 25th St., Cleveland. It is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board, and offers 2.5 CEUs for Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists.

To register online, go to, or the direct link:

For more information, contact Passion for Change at 216.496.3295 or

Marilyn Quill

Marilyn Mongeon Quill, M.S., APR, is a founding director, President & CEO of Passion for Change. She is a graduate of the Executive Program in Communications Management at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.

 She is also a past-president and emerita board member of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators, an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, PRSA’s Greater Cleveland Chapter and The Press Club of Cleveland. She is an organizational rep on the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, the MHAC Policy & Advocacy Committee and the Joint Citizens Advisory Board for a state of Ohio correctional consortium. Her Newhouse capstone-research project, “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness: Using Public Relations as a Catalyst Toward Success,” won a Cleveland Rocks Gold Award in Research from PRSA’s Greater Cleveland Chapter, and was pivotal in founding Passion for Change.

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