I have been dealing with depression for almost 7 years now, going unnoticed and untreated for a long time. In the midst of this awful mental illness, I developed an eating disorder called anorexia nervosa. Following 6 months of extreme food restriction and overexercise in 2018, my body was struggling. What followed was months and months of weekly GP, psychologist and dietician appointments to monitor my physical and mental health. After finishing treatment with my dietitian in November of 2020, I am still kicking goals and striving for full recovery. In June 2020, I was in the midst of a severe depression episode. With frequent suicidal ideation and thoughts of self harm, I struggled to keep myself safe. I was so incredibly lucky to be able to access treatment at a private facility. I stayed there for 3 weeks, challenging both eating disorder thoughts and suicidal thoughts. With the help of my psychiatrist I switched onto different antidepressants which helped immensely. Following discharge in July, things have been tough and I still fight depression daily. I would love to participate in this walk and raise money to help those struggling with their mental health. With an extreme lack of public funding for mental health services, it is very hard to find affordable and effective treatment. These donations are vital in saving peoples lives from mental illness and helping them connect with support.