Dec 12, 2018
In 2015 I had massive acute depressive episode related to
workplace stressors and bullying. 3 yrs of recovery; the toughest
time ever, led to my personal escape from the rabbit hole in
I published book in 2018 and put my house up for sale, donated
possessions to charity and made the commitment to travel in the
USA. I'm spreading the word about mental illness in children and
teenagers and the effects of bullying. I am on a new life
Tracey Maxfield is raising awareness about depression and
what the experience of it is really like. Following bullying
and harassment at work, she found herself struggling with a major
depressive episode, and she fought to get herself through it,
largely without support.
She explains what constitutes bullying and harassment in the
Tracy's honest, raw, authentic recount
of her time 'down the rabbit hole' gives our listeners a glimpse of
the experience. This is incredibly important for all of us to
understand because 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 children have mental
illness. It's documented that children as young as 6 years
old have committed suicide. Look around your holiday
gatherings and count how many people are there. There is a
very good chance that some of your own relatives are suffering in
Tracey offers information that
can help not only the person struggling, but also the people in
their lives who might not know how to support them. For
one, Tracey shares many of the
things we should NOT say to someone who is experiencing
Amazingly, in the midst of her own
struggles, Tracey managed to
develop her own self-help plan that helped her keep going.
Even more amazing is that she manages to do this mostly by herself
without much support.
We also discuss celebrities who have committed suicide, and
how it is so easy to see the on-stage persona while we fail to see
the struggling human being within.
Tracey shares tips and tactics
that she uses to pull herself out of the rabbit hole.
A person must want to get better, and it isn't easy to get
better. She encourages those who are depressed to keep at
it! If you stay the course, you'll see progress. It
might be slow, but you will see it.
Over time, Tracey started to
find comfort and refuge in the rabbit hole. She gives an
inspiring account of how she turned her biggest struggle in life
into one of her greatest gifts. That's true, authentic
transformation! That's empowerment!
It's important to give yourself permission to seek
Listen to the final 6-7 minutes to hear Tracey share some tips on how to navigate the
Check out her book. It gives you a glimpse into the
inner world of someone who is experiencing a major depressive
episode. Her book can help you help yourself, and it can help
you help a loved one.