Hannah experienced depression between the ages of 19-21. She was coming to grips with living away from home - at university in America - when her close friend passed away back in NZ.
How you felt as a result?
Did you take prescribed medication?
No. I was prescribed antidepressants, but didn't take them.
Were there any triggers that exacerbated your feelings?
Yes; high points of stress, traumatic events, overcrowded places and long periods of time being alone.
Was there a turning point when things started to get better?
Yes, the turning point came from my rowing coach. He forced me to see the psychologist even though I was really against it. I opened up and was able to acknowledge that there was something wrong. The more I was able to talk about my depression the less it had a hold over my life.
Things started rapidly get better when I left America and moved back to New Zealand. Being back on the farm, in the mountains, surrounded by bush, with my network of family and friends was really important and helped me feel safe and supported.