Tracey Maxfield is a retired nurse with over 36 years’ experience in gerontology, mental health, and dementia care. She is a regular guest on well-known author and radio host Peter Rosenberger’s show Hope For the Caregiver on Sirius radio. Tracey has written multiple 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 workplace 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.
Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression is Tracey’s first book and has received international rave reviews. Since the release of her book, 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 was a top 10 finalist in the Non-Fiction category at the Author Academy Awards. Tracey has appeared on ABC, NBC and FOX TV morning shows, live radio and over 75 podcasts in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and UK.
Tracey has her own You Tube channel: Engage Educate Empower and posts weekly videos and blog posts about mental illness and bullying. In December 2019 she released her first on-line course about mental illness, suicide and bullying in children and teenagers and in March 2020 Tracey released her own weekly podcast discussing issues that affect kids everywhere. The podcast Engage Educate Empower is available on 21 social media/podcast sites and receiving rave reviews.
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.