This is a Hearts Unleashed Podcast Friday Fill Up to unleash you from the grip of depression and our guest, Tracey Maxfield, does an amazing job of explaining exactly how to do that. Tracey is a nurse with over 37 years’ experience.

Tracey experienced her first episode of clinical depression in her twenties and lived with chronic depression ever since. However, nothing prepared her for the acute depressive episode she experienced in 2015. After enduring years of intense work place stress, harassment and bullying, she plummeted into an abyss of darkness, hopelessness and despair the likes of which she had never experienced before.

Encouraged by a psychologist, Tracey started a Blog, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my life with depression, to better help her friends understand her depression. Over time, Tracey began to heal and found that out of the darkness and despair, there is hope, there is life after depression.

Since the release of her book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression, Tracey has become a staunch advocate for Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness and Bullying and completed the course, Bringing Mental Health to Schools. She has met with children, teenagers and young adults to talk about bullying and mental illness.

Her philosophy is to Engage children and teenagers, to Educate them about mental illness and bullying and to Empower them to develop confidence and skills to continue to move ahead in their own life journey. In September/October, in recognition of Suicide Prevention week and National Bullying Prevention month, Tracey will be travelling to Kansas, Ohio and Toronto, Canada for media appearances and speaking engagements.

Born in Wales, U.K. Tracey moved to Canada in 1987. She currently spends her time between the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada and Wichita, Kansas. Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression is her first book and has received international rave reviews. Connect with Tracy at