Leanne Warr

Pathways Out of Depression

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Depression is known as the invisible illness, mostly because it is something that does not appear to have physical symptoms.

There was a post some time ago on Facebook which said something like: 'If we could show our depression the way others show their physical illnesses, people would not be so quick to judge us."

An estimated 16% of the population in New Zealand battle depression. Yet there are some who may not even know they have it or how to deal with it. 

There are others who have little or no understanding of depression. Some even say it does not exist.

Pathways Out of Depression is a book in which I detail my own journey with depression, along with stories shared by others. 

I fully recognise that everyone's journey is a personal one and they may have different needs, or different ideas on how to manage their illness. 

My book is planned to include information from psychologists, nutritionists, personal fitness experts and others in the varying fields of alternative health, hoping to dispel some of the myths around depression but also providing others like myself with alternatives they can consider. 

I have had depression for more than 30 years. Over that time I have learned a few things which have helped me control my anxiety and the severe down periods. In my book, I will talk about that journey and what I have learned from it.

I was diagnosed at 17. I have had severe anxiety attacks and depressive episodes where I have considered suicide but I still did not let that stop me pursuing an education. I earned two degrees - one in journalism - and I worked as a journalist for several years. It is this experience which will help in writing the book.

I'm also a novel writer, having written and self-published several novels under a different name. 

Donations will go toward travelling around New Zealand to talk to various mental health groups, gathering people's stories, and the costs of editing and promoting the book.

I plan to publish using Amazon's self-publishing tool, with copies made available through bookstores if possible, or through my website and on launch day. I also intend to donate a percentage of any profits made to the Mental Health Foundation. 


  • Why should you donate to this project?


    From some of the feedback I've had, I thought I'd just address a few things. I've uploaded a video:

    True, you don't know me. You don't know if I'm an honest person or just out for money for nothing. I am not good at blowing my own trumpet and sometimes it's hard for me to get out there and promote myself. I can only tell you that I am honest and I believe in this project. 

    Life is a struggle for a lot of people. I should know. I've struggled most of my life with feelings of low self-esteem. That's why I believe that a book like this is so important. Sure, there are other books out there, written by psychologists, but how many of those books actually give you something the average person can relate to? How many of those books talk about clinical studies or include a lot of psychological terms that most people wouldn't understand?

    I want my book to talk about the experience of depression, not just from my perspective, but from other people's perspectives as well. I want it to show that there are options on how to manage it. 

    Let's be realistic. Some people say that they have beaten depression. The truth is, you cannot 'beat' depression, you can only manage it. I know because recent experience has taught me that I will still have moments where I'm down, but I can use different strategies to manage those moments. Depression isn't like the common cold either where you can wake up one day and be cured. 

    I intend this book to present honest accounts and actual facts. If this is something you think you can support, then please donate. Every little bit helps. 

    Thank you.