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Buck

Buck


Being separated from his children for eight years left Buck feeling alone and grieving. Through the support of others and training he overcame his depression.

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Michelle

Michelle


After overcoming others' expectations about her gender identity, Michelle then had to get through depression and the trauma of transitioning. She worked through her recovery by helping others with theirs.

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Fia

Fia


As an 11-year-old, Fia didn’t know how to cope with the loss of her grandfather and had no-one to turn to. She has shared her experience with her community in the hope it will help others talk about it.

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Damian

Damian


When Damian started university, studying began taking over his life. By reconnecting with family and maintaining his wellbeing he was able to overcome anxiety, depression and bulimia.

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Gabby

Gabby


Autism added to the challenges Gabby faced in understanding her depression and reaching out for help. Having structure in her life helped her through it and she has gone on to help others do the same.

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Gillian

Gillian


A traumatic childhood set the background for depression and anxiety - which all got worse after the Christchurch earthquakes. Support from group therapy and her family helped Gillian realise she wasn’t alone. 

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Debra

Debra


After becoming a young mum Debra was always looking after other people before herself. She got through depression with the help of medication and by learning to care for herself.

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Hannah

Hannah


Depression and anxiety built up to a point where Hannah’s life became grey. She felt like she didn’t belong, until medication and therapy helped her reconnect with people and rediscover her sense of joy.

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Donna

Donna


Post-natal depression got in the way of Donna caring for her new baby. With the support of whanau, and strategies from her doctor, she learned to deal with her grief and trauma.

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Jamie

Jamie


Losing his eyesight caused Jamie to also lose his life’s vision. Opening up to others let him find peace and then surgery restored his sight – allowing him to carry on his mission to help his people.

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Ngaro

Ngaro


The breakup of Ngaro’s marriage left him grieving the loss of his kids and home. After getting through his depression with support from whanau, friends and his psychologist, he learned to help others.

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Emma

Emma


The effects of a health problem contributed to Emma’s eating disorder and anxiety about people’s perceptions. Support from therapy, medication and her husband has done wonders.

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Philip

Philip


Having felt different for most of his life, Philip’s level of anxiety built up to crisis point after he was severely bullied for two years.

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Vesna

Vesna


Vesna’s hearing disability affected her self-esteem, until she discovered Waka Ama - where it wasn’t a disadvantage - and went on to beat depression and win elite level sporting titles.  

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Vito

Vito


Feeling isolated from his Pasifika culture at school left Vito feeling out of control. Once he discovered others like him he was able to talk about his depression and learned how to give his mind a break.

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Matt

Matt


Holding in the grief after losing a close mate caused Matt to start doubting himself. Opening up to a counsellor and then his mates helped him appreciate life again.

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Hamish

Hamish


Meeting other people’s expectations about the farm pushed Hamish to work round the clock. It wasn’t until he learnt to shut the farm off and think of other things that his wellbeing returned.

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Doug

Doug


Doug had lost hope for his farm during eight years of drought. By reaching out for help from others he got himself through depression and got his farm through the drought.

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