Tracey Maxfield is a nurse with over 37 years’ experience. She is certified in gerontology and dementia care and is a regular guest on well-known author and radio host Peter Rosenberger’s show Hope For the Caregiver on WLAC and iHeart Radio in Nashville, Tennessee. Tracey has written articles on dementia care, medical research and mental illness/bullying in teenagers. She is the Purple Angel Dementia Ambassador for the Okanagan. B.C. and NAASCA Ambassador for B.C., Canada
Tracey experienced her first episode of clinical depression in her twenties and lived with chronic depression ever since. However, nothing prepared her for the acute depressive episode she experienced in 2015. After enduring years of intense work place stress, harassment and bullying, she plummeted into an abyss of darkness, hopelessness and despair the likes of which she had never experienced before.
Encouraged by a psychologist, Tracey started a Blog, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my life with depression, to better help her friends understand her depression. Over time, Tracey began to heal and found that out of the darkness and despair, there is hope, there is life after depression.
Since the release of her book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression, Tracey has become a staunch advocate for Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness and Bullying and completed the course, Bringing Mental Health to Schools. She has met with children, teenagers and young adults to talk about bullying and mental illness and was one of the ‘Break Out’ presenters at the TEACH 2019 Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Her website www.traceymaxfield.com was recently awarded the silver medal for Best Author Website 2019 at the eLit Awards and her book is a top 10 finalist in the Non-Fiction category at the Author Academy Awards. Tracey has appeared in over 60 podcasts in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and UK, live radio shows and ABC, NBC and FOX News. She recently returned from the UK where she gave a presentation about bullying in the workplace at a Hospital in Somerset.
Her philosophy is to Engage children and teenagers, to Educate them about mental illness and bullying and to Empower them to develop confidence and skills to continue to move ahead in their own life journey. In September/October, in recognition of Suicide Prevention week and National Bullying Prevention month, Tracey will be travelling to Kansas, Ohio and Toronto, Canada for media appearances and speaking engagements.
Born in Wales, U.K. Tracey moved to Canada in 1987. She currently spends her time between the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada and Wichita, Kansas. Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression is her first book and has received international rave reviews. Is is available at Barnes & Noble, www.BOL.com, www.BookDepositorycom, and on Amazon in soft cover, kindle and audio book.