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Vesna Aroha Radonich

Personal fitness trainer Vesna Aroha Radonich is an inspiration to many different people.

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Ange Sampson

Ange Sampson was diagnosed with depression (and later anxiety) when she was 18, just after she…

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Jana Lucas

Jana Lucas first started showing symptoms of bipolar when she was 17, living in Bristol.…

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Lance Elliot

I was 25 years old when I was first diagnosed with schizophrenia.…

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Maria Hogan*

My name is Maria. In November 2003, I was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder.

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Robyn Yousef

Symptoms of bipolar disorder first came to light for Robyn Yousef as a teenager. Determined to keep…

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Shane Egen & Joanne Lind-Egen

Everyone except their doctor said it couldn’t work; two people with bipolar living together.

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Andrew Blythe

Andrew Blythe has been interested in art and writing for as long as he can remember.…

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Tracee Te Moananui

At the age of 37 Tracee Te Moananui became unwell.…

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Darcey Jane

When I was given my first diagnosis (borderline personality disorder), I was halfway through a…

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Chris McMurray

Rapper and performance poet Chris McMurray is drawing on his personal experiences to help challenge…

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Guy Baker

Guy Baker’s road into depression was fraught with drinking (which masked his symptoms), difficulty…

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Colleen McClure

Cantabrian Colleen McClure shares her story about her husband’s passing just hours before the…

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Maria Thackwell

Cantabrian Maria Thackwell describes how she fell apart after the earthquakes and what helped her…

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Helena Sonar

Helena Sonar is young and vibrant and enjoys dedicating her time to peer support. She also has…

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Denny Anker

Writing in my diary helped me process the magnitude of the September 2010 quake.…

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Colin Slade

When Colin Slade talks about the stigma experienced by suicide survivors, he's speaking from…

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Wang Xiu Ying*

I come from Hong Kong. As a result of family tragedies and discrimination by others, my mental…

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Bronson Price

Bronson Price hopes his music might help any listeners contemplating suicide to think again. The…

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Louis Harrison-Aydon

I was in the music department at school, which was located in the basement of the bus exchange, when…

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Hinemoana

I had my first episode of depression when I was 14. My parents had split up; me and mum went to live…

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Ben Lockie

Ben Lockie has everything he could wish for in life: a beautiful wife, fantastic kids, a home, and a…

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Duncan Woods

One drizzly afternoon in 2010, Christchurch teacher Duncan Woods was out running when he spotted…

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Katie Christison

Nearly every time Katie Christison has ever felt low, she’s either dyed her hair or got an “out…

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Kade Nightingale and Jeremy Rolston

Comedy act Kade Nightingale and Jeremy Rolston have more than just their stand-up profession in…

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Gary Watts

Gary Watts was 12 years old when he first had symptoms of depression.

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Celia Painter & Abbie Krieble

Good things come from bad experiences. That’s what 17-year-old Celia Painter believes after her…

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Amy Evans

At a very young age Amy Evans experienced emotional and physical neglect, as well as sexual abuse…

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Meagan Francis

Meagan Francis, 33, first experienced mental distress when she was 18 years old after moving away…

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Lars Millar

Everyday situations such as riding on a train or bus, getting caught in traffic, having too many…

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