Growing up in an immigrant family, Maddie put a lot of pressure on herself to be perfect. In Year 10, she reached a turning point that led her to address cultural taboos surrounding mental health.

She went from seeking help to becoming a mental health advocate, sharing her story at mental health seminars and in schools. In this podcast, Maddie discusses her journey with anxiety and depression, the role of family support, and the importance of embracing imperfection.

Listen to Maddie’s Story >> or search 'Holding on to Hope' on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all good podcast platforms.

Holding onto Hope is a podcast series from Lifeline Australia, in which people who have come through the darkness of suicidality share the connection that gave them hope to continue living.

Please note that suicidality and its contributing factors are discussed and may have a triggering effect. If you experience emotional distress due to listening, please reach out to someone you trust and/or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time. If life is in danger, please call 000