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24. My First Experience with Mental Health

Today’s episode cover’s topics of mental health, depression and anxiety and may be triggering to some listeners. If you or a loved one is in need of help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.


Sometimes all we have are feelings - senses that engulf us, stop us. Feelings that make us paranoid or curious, self-aware or self-inflicted. Mostly, they leave us exhausted. Charlotte Middleton was exhausted. She didn’t know why she felt sad as a kid but she knew the feeling wasn’t something minor, it felt different and she would be different because of it.


‘Invisible’ and ‘misunderstood’ are the best words we can put towards having a lived experience of mental health. Holding it within you can feel like gambling with yourself: you never know what side you’re going to see, and you never know what that means until life unfolds around you.  Today, Charlotte shares what unfolded then and how it’s played out now, drawing a path of hope, compassion and kindness for the future.


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