It's diagnosis that can bring the best of us to our knees. It can make you question everything you thought you knew and loathe yourself like you never knew possible.
I was on the brink of losing my life to a disease that made me miss out on the better half of 18 months. I so desperately wanted a space where I could learn about mental illness without feeling broken, judged or assessed.
I never found that space. So here I am, creating it.
I wouldn't wish depression on my biggest enemies. It is one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. But let me tell you this; going through depression has made me so much stronger, empathetic and resilient. I was forced to challenge deeply rooted beliefs, rebuild self-confidence from the ground up, and learn how to be vulnerable and true to who I am.
Depression is isolating, it is challenging, and it is bloody hard work. But depression is something you can get through and it definitely doesn't have to be a death sentence.
If you're currently suffering, have suffered in the past, or will be the 1 in 5 that suffers in their lifetime; if you have a loved one currently going through depression, or thinking they might be heading that way; I invite you to this space with open arms.