GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Those who live in West Michigan might not recognize his face, but thousands will understand his struggle, and many more will know his name.
Doug Meijer, a co-chair of the supermarket chain of Meijer stores based in metro Grand Rapids, has been diagnosed with depression. Meijer is the son of the chain’s late founder, Fred Meijer.
For the first time, in a candid television interview, Meijer opens up publicly about his struggle with depression.
“If I don’t talk about it, if others don’t talk about it, then it doesn’t get addressed. We’re not solving anything,” Meijer told 24 Hour News 8. “The old saying ‘money can’t buy happiness’ — and it’s true.”
Meijer says he’s doing a lot better now and he credits the help of celebrity psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow, and a controversial drug with a relatively new use.
“Doug Meijer — as successful as he is — as bright, as cheerful as he can be, knows what it is to be laid low by depression,” Ablow said. “That’s a very powerful message that should go out to people.”
“Doug’s heroic to be willing to say that he’s dealing with depression, because that disorder is still cloaked, unfortunately, in secrecy,” Ablow continued.
Tonight on the first broadcast of 24 Hour News 8 at 7 p.m., Meijer tells his story. You’ll also hear from his doctor who says the treatment used in Meijer’s case could save the life of someone you love.
West Michigan Mental Health Foundation
i Understand Facebook page
Suicide Prevention Lifeline