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How Joshua Meldrum Overcame Homelessness and Depression

It’s easy to get down on yourself when life throws you a curveball. If you’ve ever felt down because of something life has thrown your way, then you can relate to Joshua T. Meldrum’s story. Joshua has faced it all: from homelessness and depression to anxiety and suicidal ideation. But as he fought his way back to happiness, he learned all hope is not lost, even when things seem their darkest. Today Joshua shares his story with others, hoping to help them see the light at the end of their own dark tunnel. A well-known photographer, he also uses his skills in advocacy work to help others struggling with mental health issues find their way out.

Joshua traces his passion for photography back to childhood. Growing up, he spent countless hours walking and capturing perfect moments with his friends. For him, it was not just about the lighting and angles, but the stories told as well. As he grew older, Joshua was sure storytelling through photography was the path he wanted to take. Unfortunately, the journey wouldn’t be as smooth as he’d have liked. After prolonged emotional abuse, he began suffering from depression and anxiety, which escalated quickly, leading to suicidal ideation.

Depression is a feeling that can’t be explained. It seeps into your skin and whispers in your ear until you’re consumed by it, becoming the air you breathe and water you drink, and that’s what happened to Joshua. Because of the stigma surrounding mental health and associated struggles, he felt unloved and lost, which had a domino effect on his relationships with his loved ones. During a particularly bad period, Joshua found himself alone and homeless. He slept in Walmart parking lots and took showers at Love’s truck stops. DoorDash helped him get his daily needs like gas and food, and he used Starbucks to escape the heat and get cups of water.

Three things helped Joshua get back to his feet. The first one was his faith. “I’m very spiritual, and everything I am and have overcome in life I owe to God,” he says. Even at his worst, Joshua held onto his faith and prayed through the pain and struggle. When he couldn’t, he recited scriptures and listened to Joel Osteen’s podcasts daily. His favorite scripture is Romans 8:18, which he has tattooed on his body. It affirms what Joshua believes in, “The pain you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming”.

A strong support system was the other factor in Joshua’s success. He says his father is his best friend and has been a constant source of strength, even when they had differences in the past. Joshua’s mom is everything he believes he would want if he could choose a mother again. “She’s a saint in human form and I couldn’t be more thankful for her,” he says.

Finding a purpose in life is the third key to Joshua’s success. Through the camera lens, he shares stories of hope and resilience. His dream is to expand his photography business, diversify his ventures, and inspire more people to push through the pain and find success. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning,” Joshua emphasizes. As his life proves, nothing is impossible if you put your heart into it.