Retired firefighter discusses struggle with depression in new book

Greg Faggart, the author of “Naked No More…A Firefighter’s Journey and Triumph Over the Darkness of Depression” will be a guest from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis, N.C.

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Greg Faggart, a retired division chief for fire prevention at the Concord Fire Department, has battled depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder for more than 25 years, in several very debilitating episodes.

Following recovery from the last episode which lasted 13 months, he decided to put a face on depression, to help break the stigma by being open and honest about his own battles, and help lead people in the right direction to get help.

In addition to speaking to groups about his struggles, he has recently published his first book, “Naked No More…A Firefighter’s Journey and Triumph Over the Darkness of Depression.”

He tells how with the stigma still attached to mental illness, when one is open and honest about their issues, it is comparable to standing before a group naked. By telling one’s own personal story it is letting others into their spirit, thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams. That is being naked.

Through his book, he wants others to know that ANY one can be stricken by mental illness, how to get help and that recovery is possible.

Naked No More Cover

Faggart is a seventh generation resident of Concord, North Carolina. His German ancestors settled in the area in the mid-1750s. Greg graduated from Concord Senior High School and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

He and his wife Sherry are members of Burning Bush Ministries in Mount Pleasant, where he handles video and other church communications duties.

He is a North Carolina Train Host onboard Amtrak, volunteers with the Crisis Intervention Team at Cardinal Innovations, and the Forest Hill Latino Health Clinic. He is currently studying Spanish, to better help in the clinic, as well as German to honor his ancestors.

Faggart enjoys fitness activities; biking, walking, running and Yoga. He also enjoys visiting daughter Amy and her husband, Richard, at their home in Florida.