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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – After losing his brother to suicide Brian Paul Brightdawn decided to tackle the topic of mental health in his new book, G L A C I E R: How The Rails Became My Rehab.

In this fictional book, Brightdawn takes his readers into the world of train hopping and mental disorders. “The book deals with a lot of my personal defects that I went through in life. Sadness, bipolar depression and addiction,” Brightdawn said.

The book centers around a man named, Braze.

“Braze is a guy who’s not afraid to bare himself to people. And it leads you down this journey specifically in New Orleans, that I’ve experienced and embellished from,” Brightdawn explained.

The main character struggles with depression.  Brightdawn hopes his book can help others who also struggle with mental disorders.

G L A C I E R is really an extension of his documentary called, “Train Hopping: Cure for the Crash.

Brightdawn sold over 25,000 copies of his documentary in New Orleans and won multiple awards.

To learn more about Brightdawn and his projects, click here.

If you or someone you know struggles with suicidal thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800) 273-8255