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Nicole

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There’s no information about mental illness in Papua New Guinea. I’ve never heard of a counsellor or psychologist there. If you ask people what it is they describe what they see in the movies — extreme conditions, seriously dramatised.

Growing up, I think depression was just seen as a feeling.Five years ago, I moved to Brisbane from PNG, reluctantly. I was 17.

Back home I was used to having my friends and 50 cousins nearby, here I knew no-one. My siblings, Mum and I are now settled here, my Dad still lives and works over there.A couple of months into my new school I started to skip classes or not turn up at all.

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