By Mark Hartman: mark_hartmanMy name is Mark and I believe that being honest and letting Love in saved my life.

I am a husband, a father, and a musician. When I tell that to most people, they immediately ask "how do you make that work?"  Well, for the past 5 years I haven't made it work. It's not for lack trying though.

I felt like I had done everything in my power to sacrifice and push myself into success so I could provide for my family and give them everything I believed they deserved. I made my family make sacrifices too -- sacrifices that they would have never made on their own. My kids had to sacrifice time with their daddy, and my wife had to sacrifice time with her husband.

I seemed to be always promising that one day it would all get better, but one day just never seemed to come. Every day that went by I felt like more of a failure.  I felt alone, and convinced myself that all the things that mattered to me would be better off if I was gone.

The first step to getting help was finally admitting to the people around me how I felt. Once I shared my pain with others, I started to see that I wasn't alone. It was the first step -- letting love in -- and it saved my life.

I did it by writing this song ... maybe it will do for you what it did for me: