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Published on Sep 29, 2014
In her early teens, Natasha felt alone and isolated from the family. She became depressed and started to misuse alcohol and other drugs. Natasha didn't have the knowledge to deal with depression and people around her said that ups and downs were just a normal part of growing up.
A counsellor and some small, simple steps of mindfulness helped Natasha out of her deep depression. Her life didn't change in an instant but medication, caring medical professionals and family members helped her along her journey to wellness one day at a time.
Now 18 years old, Natasha lives a fulfilling life and uses a number of strategies to maintain her mental wellness. She has learned to reach out to friends and family when she's feeling down and to stay away from parties and other places where there are lots of drugs or alcohol. She also takes plenty of what calls "me time".