Meet columnist Whit Downing


Leah Jamison

Graphic by Leah Jamison

Hello everyone and welcome to Wednesday’s with Whit.

I’m glad you are here!

Created with you in mind, Wednesday’s with Whit will be a place for all things mental health ­‑-whether it be information about a mental health diagnosis, a spotlight on an individual who has their own lived experience, a story focused on recovery, or anything in between, my desire for you is that you’d feel hopeful and encouraged.


Because I get it. As a 24-year-old autistic college student diagnosed with both depression and anxiety, I understand firsthand the challenges that come along with having a mental health condition. I know how excruciating the process can be to overcome the unique barriers that we face, even the barriers that seem almost impossible to defeat.

Sometimes we need a pick-me-up. We need to hear from someone that things can get better. I want people to know that it is okay to be yourself, to make mistakes, to not be perfect, and to do what is best for you! 😊

Before I end for today, and since this is the first publication of Wednesdays with Whit, I’d like to tell you a few things about me.

  • I love Rubik’s cubes.
  • I have four brothers and two sisters. Family is very important to me!
  • I enjoy watching the Temple Grandin movie over and over. If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out.
  • I play the flute for fun.
  • I have a cat named Mr. Rubik Cube Downing! I call him RC for short.

Well, there you have it, folks. I look forward to seeing where this Wednesdays with Whit journey will take us.

Thank you for reading, and be sure to check back here next week!