Danielle Bull

My Activity Tracking

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My target 5 kms

Help me create a mentally healthier world

I'm standing up to join Team Black Dog to turn ground breaking research into life saving action.

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Australians every year, with the most common being depression and anxiety. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. It affects people from all walks of life — individuals, families, workplaces and communities.

I haven't been shy about my own battles, and sometimes it does feel like a battle. 

My Updates

Running - I'm still not convinced.

Wednesday 22nd Jul
So, many people think that running is as easy as putting one foot in front of the other, just faster. I've discovered that I'm literally allergic to running. I've not really had hayfever to an extreme before. But apparently there's such a thing as exercise induced allergic rhinitis. 😂 Which my husband thinks sounds like the perfect excuse, shame he's fine when he exercises... So each time I go for a run, as well as being physically and mentally challenged, my asthma plays up, my nose burns and when I get home I sneeze A LOT. I run on Monday, Wednesday and if my congested head can deal with it on the weekend. I also workout twice more during the week, be it yoga or strength training. What I imagined to be more of a battle with my mind to convince myself that I can run 5kms without stopping, is literally now a battle with my entire head. My eyes, my ears, my nose and for good measure my lungs. It's to the point now where I'm going to go see an allergy specialist for some testing. Daily antihistamines, Nasonex and antihistamine eyedrops are not getting the job done. Wish me luck. My entire face needs it 🤞😂

My Black Dog and it's litter of puppies *trigger warning*

Friday 12th Jun

For those of you that don't know me, or know me very well I've struggled with mental health since my mid/late teens.  For years I suffered with undiagnosed endometriosis which was painful and scary and I think left me vulnerable to having strain on my mental health as well as being a nightmare for my physical health.  

I was almost 18 when I first attempted suicide, due to mental health support lacking I received no counselling or follow up and so effectively my depression was carried through with me unresolved. 

I have suffered with depression for most of my life, I would have good periods and bad period and for the most part was a functioning depressed person who wasn't receiving any support from either my family or a professional and wasn't medicated.

I suffered from what I call my "breakthrough breakdown" just over 5 years ago, where my brain decided to dislodge some long buried trauma after I'd just spent a year getting into a good physical and mental space.  

Although at the time it was really, really hard, I had the support of my now husband and reached out for professional help and much needed medication.

I've been on medication now for depression and anxiety for a number of years.   My second suicide attempt was last September, I was unfortunately triggered during an emotional time in my life in regards to my much buried trauma and was subsequently "pushed over the edge".

Once again, here I am.  Always trying to get better.  
If you've never been in a place where you've contemplated suicide, I would ask you to refrain from commenting on my experience with "that's really selfish" "people care about you" comments.  I don't expect you to understand, and honestly I would prefer if you were never in that place.   

But if you have been, you know that it's not a great place.

I'm sharing my story because for the longest time I was ashamed of who and how I was.  I thought that I was a failure, that I was weak and pathetic for not being able to deal with my problems.   Depression and anxiety aren't personality traits.  I know now that they don't define me.  And I'm not ashamed. 

And by talking about it more, I hope that everyone can come forward and share their personal stories and we can all understand each other better,




Thank you to my Sponsors

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Ross Duffy

$111.28

Daniel Smedley

I’ll just top that up to your target x

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Luke Fitzpatrick

Brilliant job, well done on all the effort

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Laura Holmes

We love you and are so proud of you xxx love Laura, Stu and Archie xxxx

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Blue Bear Coffeehouse

Amazing lady... sending our biggest support and love topped with waffle Benedict’s... love Bec and Will xxx

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Kelly-ann D King

Get after it little lady! Awesome work xx

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Charisse Dorrian

Happy to support you and this cause!

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Total Wellness Massage

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Phillip And Pam

Go girl.

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Bec C

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Michael & Chloe

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Angeli Varma

You're a champion Ms. Bull 🧡💜🧡

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Danielle Bull

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Anonymous

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Kae Ramiro

almost there, Dan! 😊

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Hayden Bull

Proud of you, and always here for you wifey :-) xxxxx

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Julie Bull

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Luke Fitzpatrick

You’ve got this. Keep up the amazing work

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Kate & Kym Channer

So incredibly proud of you for raising awareness, cash dollars, & sharing your experience with us ❤

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Jemmeson

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Ana-lisa George

Smash it legend xx

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Adam Matheson

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Caroline Lecompte

Awesome work Danielle! You smashed it!

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Katie Castles

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Linda King

You are a legend! 😘

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Candice B

Sending hugs!

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Angela Double

You are amazing!

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Anonymous

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Rebecca Orr

💜

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Maeve Mcgovern

Dan you are amazing don’t ever forget that 👏

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Shaza Ray

Hey Danielle, Great to see you supporting a cause that affects so many.

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Natasha Hadfield

You’re amazing! You’re doing an amazing thing and I’m super proud to call you my friend xx

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Anonymous

Kick those black dogs to the kerb, you got this! Keep up the awesome work you’re doing xx

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Erin Gray

You are AMAZING!