My name is Marc Nieuwenhuys and I'm an adventurer at heart.
I also suffer from clinically diagnosed depression.
I was recently kayaking a stretch of the Murray River when I realised it was time to change my life. The river resonated deeply with me and I made the decision that I would solo paddle the full 2400 kilometres of the Murray River, unassisted and with no support crew.
Making the decision to embark on this expedition has given me the courage to stand up and talk openly and honestly about my battle with depression.
I have learnt a lot since making this decision. After six lonely years, I realise now that I am not alone. I no longer have to ﬁght this on my own.
The more people I talk to, the stronger I become. The more I share my story, the more I encourage others to also start talking. I have had many profound moments in the last few months. The most profound being people reaching out to me after hearing about my decision to talk openly. People suffering from depression, talking about it, for the ﬁrst time.
These conversations are now driving me forward.
I am taking on this expedition for more than just myself. I want to help others. I want to encourage others to start talking about their lonely journey.