The surprising way this Instagram star copes with her depression
Rochelle Mace wasn’t seeing any results from her endless appointments with psychiatrists and psychologists. But little did she know, the solution to treating her mental health condition was lying in the comfort of her own home.
Image: Instagram @rochellemaceSource:BodyAndSoul
Taking the first step towards getting better can feel like a mile.
Rochelle Mace had been silently battling anxiety and depression since she was bullied at school, but she couldn’t find the help she needed.
“When I was younger I didn’t really accept that I was struggling, “the Instagram influencer said.
“I just wanted to be like everyone else.”
When she felt like she couldn’t go on, she reached out to several psychologists but never found one she really connected with.
“I was young and I didn’t have the experience I have now,” the 24-year-old recalls.
“When I was seeing a physiatrist or a phycologist that didn’t really work for me I kept seeing them and I wasn’t really benefitting from the sessions.”
“When you go in to see someone and you don’t click with that person it’s very hard to find someone who works for you.”
It wasn’t until she decided to share her struggles with her followers on social media and received an overwhelmingly amount of positive response which provided her with the comfort and support she longed for.
“I will post my struggles on [Instagram] and people will write back to me and open up to me about their struggles and what they’re facing,’ she said.
“When I get to connect with people about what they’re going through it helps me, I feel like when I’m helping someone else it helps me to heal as well.”
One of the people who reached out was Lysn founder, Jonathan King, who thought his service might be able to help Rochelle.
Lysn is an online health platform which connects people to psychologists around Australia. Instead of trekking to an appointment, you simply call your psychologist from the comfort of your own home - perfect if you’re busy or having trouble leaving the house.
Rochelle jumped at the opportunity and was quickly matched with a psychologist. She told Jonathan what she was struggling with and he found her someone he thought could help her.
“The hard work was all done for me whereas in the past I’ve had to go out and find the psychologist and do the research myself, which can be quite daunting,” the social media star said.
She also loved being able to call from home and found that sitting in her room rather than in an office allowed her to feel more relaxed and really open up to her phycologist about her issues.
After only a couple of sessions, she started feeling better.
“I feel like I’ve gone through the process of accepting myself in the last couple of months and really wanting to get better,” Rochelle said.
“Instead of always focusing on the problem I’m more solution-focused now and I have a better outlook.”
“I’m quite open to getting help; I look forward to talking to someone because I know at the end of the day I’m going to get better from it.”
And she has some wise advice for those people who are still suffering: talk about it!
“If you hold it in it only gets darker and it only gets deeper,” she said.
“It’s important to speak about what’s going on because even the act of speaking will help set you free from those feelings.”
“It’s important that we do show our emotions because they are not an expression of weakness; they are an expression of who we are. It’s okay not to be okay, you don’t have to always have to have your s**t together.”