Tracey Maxfield
Tracey Maxfield Jun 14, 2018

‘Escaping the Rabbit Hole’: How bullying in the aged care workforce contributed to my depression

In her book titled 'Escaping the Rabbit Hole', Tracey Maxfield writes candidly about her experiences with depression. Here, she writes for HelloCare about her experiences working in the aged care sector, where she was subjected to bullying that triggered such crippling depression she has not been able to work since. After working for seven years in community nursing and then a short stint in a managerial role, I was offered a position as team leader. The job was very busy and extremely fast paced and stressful, but I loved it...
Tracey Maxfield

Tracey Maxfield

Nurse, Author

Tracey Maxfield is a nurse with over 35 years’ experience in the healthcare field. She is certified in gerontology and dementia care and is a passionate dementia advocate and educator. She has written articles about dementia in the column Dementia Aware: what you need to know featured on and She is also a regular guest on well-known author and radio host Peter Rosenberger’s show Caregivers with Hope on WLAC and iHeart Radio in Nashville, Tennessee. 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, Tracey has become a staunch advocate for Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness and Bullying. She has met with teenagers ages 12 to 15years to talk about bullying and mental illness and has participated in numerous podcasts and radio shows e.g. Mental Health Voices, Find your sparkle with Jen, Exploring Awesome. Born in Wales, U.K. Tracey moved to Canada in 1987. She currently lives in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia. This is her first book. Tracey’s book, Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression, has received international rave reviews and is available on Amazon in soft cover, kindle and audio book. You can also follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Pininterest, Linkedin and Twitter. Her website is

(Visited 2,120 times, 5 visits today)