In this digital story Joe talks about growing up and dealing with depression.

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This project was funded by a NZ Mental Health Media Grant and proudly supported by the Ministry of Health's Like Minds, Like Mine Programme and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.


"I get annoyed when people say “I’m coping” or “I’m struggling” with depression. I just say “I have depression – shit happens.” I was never one of the cool kids at school. I was always a tomboy and super super nerdy - I was a member of the chess club and Cliff Richard was my favourite singer. My depression kicked in when I was sixteen. I had major back surgery which put me off school for two months. Because I was in so much physical pain people didn’t really notice the depression. A lot of... read full transcript

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Record date:2010
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins