Stories

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Buck

Buck


Buck got back to the gym to help cope with the loneliness and grieving he felt after becoming separated from his kids.  Eight years on, he’s still training, and with the support of others he’s been able to overcome his depression.

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Jamie

Jamie


When Jamie started to kōrero with others after losing both his eyesight and his vision for Māori, he found strength. Eye surgery and support from whānau and friends allowed him to carry on his mission, and overcome his depression.

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Michelle

Michelle


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

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Damian

Damian


Damian reconnected with family and improved his physical health, after studying took over his life. He was then able to overcome anxiety, depression and bulimia.

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Gabby

Gabby


Gabby manages her Autism, by having structure in her daily life. When Gabby experienced depression, she reached out for help and now supports others do the same.

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Debra

Debra


Debra started to care for herself, as well as others. After becoming a young mother, Debra was always looking after other people before herself. She got through her depression with the help of medication.

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Hannah

Hannah


Hannah felt like she didn’t belong, until medication and therapy helped her reconnect with people and rediscover her sense of joy. Depression and anxiety had turned Hannah’s life grey.

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Donna

Donna


With the support of whānau, and strategies from her doctor, Donna learned to deal with the grief and trauma of her fist child’s delivery. Post-natal depression had got in the way of her caring for her baby.

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Matt

Matt


Opening up to a counsellor and his mates helped Matt appreciate life again. Holding on to the grief of losing a close friend had caused Matt to start doubting himself. 

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Emma

Emma


Mindfulness, medication and her husband’s support helped Emma overcome people’s negative perceptions of her health problem. Anxiety had led to an eating disorder and depression. 

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Philip

Philip


Asking for help after being continuously bullied by a neighbour, started Philip on the road to recovery by addressing the anxiety that had been building up since childhood. 

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Vesna

Vesna


Vesna took up Waka Ama where her hearing disability wasn’t an issue. She went on to beat depression and win elite level sporting titles.

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Ngaro

Ngaro


Accepting support from whānau helped Ngaro after his marriage left him grieving the loss of his kids and home. After getting through his depression with support from friends and his psychologist, he learned how to help others.

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Vito

Vito


Vito learned to give his mind a break through music. After discovering that he wasn’t the only person feeling out of control and isolated from his culture, he was able open up, talk about his depression, and find ways through.

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Hamish

Hamish


When Hamish learnt to shut off other people’s expectations about the farm and think of other things his wellbeing returned. He had been pushing himself to work round the clock and experienced anxiety.

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Doug

Doug


By opening up to help from others, Doug found a new solution to save his farm after eight years of drought. By finding hope again he got through his depression.

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Gillian

Gillian


By accepting support from her family and attending group therapy Gillian realised she wasn’t alone after the Christchurch earthquakes. A traumatic childhood had set the background for the depression and anxiety which was triggered by the ‘quakes.  

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Fia

Fia


Through art, singing, and her church, Fia eventually found the strength to share the overwhelming sense of loneliness she experienced after losing her grandfather when she was just 11 years old. Reaching out to others helped Fia get back on the path to wellness.

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