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An inside look at depression and how a conversation can save someones life. 
What is The Waiting Period?
It was 2008 and after a soul crushing series of calamities (my wife had left, the grandmother who raised me died suddenly, I had a devastating car crash followed by spinal cord surgery and a long recovery) I found myself in such a severe state of depression that I decided to purchase a gun to end my life. During the mandatory 10-day waiting period between purchase and being able to take possession of the firearm, I was able to come out the other side..

Based on my award winning one man show of the same name, THE WAITING PERIOD uses comedy and pathos to explore my battle with suicidal depression and the most effective way to approach the subject with a loved one or close friend. 

I want to share this message because THE WAITING PERIOD (currently playing at The Marsh in San Francisco) has literally saved lives. Suicidal people have changed their minds and sought help after seeing the show. Through my story, family members have recognized the signs of suicidal depression and ideation in their loved ones and were able to intervene before tragedy struck. I hope to reach a much larger audience with this book and have the same positive effect. 
The Waiting Period Opens Up A Conversation
My experience with suicidal depression has enabled me to start a conversation on the issue of mental illness and the stigma associated with it. It is the shame associated with this disease that’s killing people. Depressives suffer in silence with those around them often in the dark as to the extent of the pain they’re in. Too many times, loved ones don’t know how dire the situation is until it’s too late. 

I am blessed in that I have been able to talk openly about my depression. The connection I made with family and friends as the result of these discussions is what helped me move past my feelings of complete despair.

Literally hundreds of thousands of people around the world experience suicidal depression on a daily basis and some aren't going to be deterred by a ten day waiting period. The purpose of this book is to share my experience through comedy in order to liberate others so that they feel comfortable having a conversation about suicide and depression. This one man show and now for the first time, this book, is pulling suicide out of the darkness and into the light. And in the light is where we can begin healing. 
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What People Are Saying...About "The Waiting Period"
"Parts of Copeland's new solo show may move you to tears. But much of his dense 70-minute tale of his fierce wrestle with suicidal depression is as astonishingly funny as it is brutally honest - and all of it is admirably courageous, urgent and yet charmingly told."

                                                  - Robert Hurwitt SF Gate
Great show! Very personal, yet funny and moving performance! Anyone who has ever been depressed (that is probably everyone) can probably relate to some of his very poignant experiences...
                                                  - Clifford Young
“It’s a play I’d strongly recommend to anyone who is now or has ever been depressed or who knows someone in that situation. But honestly, it’s such a strong piece that I’d recommend it just as heartily to anyone who’s ever been human.”
                                                  - Sam H. The Idiolect
INSIDE of This FREE Book You Will Learn These Valuable 
Life Lessons...
  • If you are someone struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts you will learn that you are not alone. There are other people experiencing what you are dealing with and that it’s okay to talk about it. 
  • You will feel less stigmatized by your disease (and make no mistake about is a disease) hopefully gaining the ability to tell someone how you are feeling. This is the first step toward healing. 
  • You will gain a new perspective on life and living.
  • If you are someone who has never been afflicted by depression at this level, you will gain an insider's look at what it is like to experience this kind of despair and you will develop a greater understanding thus transforming into a more loving and compassionate human being.
  • Those who haven’t experienced clinical depression will be more at ease and receptive when listening to someone who is struggling thus bringing together those who are having trouble coping with those who will listen.
"Some students have even said it's changed their lives."
- Ernie Jones Las Positas College Psychology Instructor 
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