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How Poetry Helped Me With Depression | Nicki Cassimatis | TEDxUQ
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Added Sep 2, 2016
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Desperate to find balance, healing and meaning in depression and anxiety, Nicki turned to poetry to find her ‘inner voice’. Accidental poet, post-graduate student of mental health practice, workshop facilitator, teacher and activist for personal empowerment and integral living through poetry - this is her new path...

Nicki Cassimatis completed her Bachelor of Arts at UQ, in 1991, majoring in languages and linguistics. Over two decades, she has taught in primary and high schools as language specialist and pastoral care teacher. She has four children of her own. Over her working life, the juggle of professional responsibilities, family life and community service led to recurring bouts of depression and anxiety. Desperate to find balance, healing and meaning in this suffering, she instinctively turned to poetry to find her ‘inner voice’, process her pain, and reclaim her joy, hope and peace. Accidental poet, post-graduate student of mental health practice, workshop facilitator, teacher and activist for personal empowerment and integral living through poetry and creativity – this is her new path.

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