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Danny Baker

Location: Sydney AU
Website: http://t.co/oi3n2PobPL


I’m a Sydney-based writer and in October 2013 I’ll be launching the “Depression Is Not Destiny” campaign to inspire sufferers of the illness to never give up on happiness. It centres around a video blog following my quest to get my novel "I will not kill myself, Olivia" published, hopefully culminating in the moment when I am offered a contract. Prior to writing my novel I suffered through life-threatening bouts of depression, and I want people to know what I went through, to understand how I recovered, and to be there with me when I hopefully achieve my dream of becoming a published author. If and when it happens, I want everyone to see how overwhelmingly happy I’ll be, I want everyone to see the tears of joy streaming down my cheeks, because it will show them that depression is beatable, and that even the most severely afflicted can overcome it and live happy, healthy, productive lives. I think seeing me come full circle––from on the cusp of suicide to achieving my dream––will give others hope that they can do the same ..... As part of the campaign, I'll be releasing a memoir (separate from my novel) in e-book form that candidly recounts my plight with depression and the alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis, near-suicide attempts and multiple hospitalisations it led to before my eventual recovery in 2012. Additionally, I’m going to use my blog to speak out about a variety of contemporary mental health issues that I strongly believe need to be brought closer to the forefront of public consciousness ..... For more information, visit my website at www.depressionisnotdestiny.com.