Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Mental illness such as depression and anxiety are one of the biggest killers in Western Society. But as sufferer of major depression for over two decades explains, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It just may not be where you had expected.

On the eve of RUOK Day, Melbourne property styling expert and entrepreneur Brianna O’Neil said a study by Australian Bureau of Statistics found that an estimated 3.2 million Australians a mental disorder in the twelve months prior.

“These are alarming numbers and they are highlighted by the fact that many suffer silently and without treatment,” said Ms O’Neil.

“As a sufferer of major depression since my mid teens, the journey can be traumatic and can lead to self harm and suicidal thoughts, even whilst under treatment,” she said.

“For me the light at the end of the tunnel came closer when I took the plunge to escape from the nine to five. I decided to become a successful businesswoman through my own property styling company.”

"Too often in life people use fear as an excuse to chase their dreams and being in an unfulfilling job may be a contributor to suffering from depression.”

“As Jack Delosa, founder of ‘The-Entourage.com.au’, and Australia’s leading entrepreneur under thirty says "The inner voice that tells you that you are not ready never goes away – so act anyway."”

“At styled by hibernate, we are still in our infancy but already the business is thriving. Not only does it allow me to style premium properties for sale, I also create my own artwork for our online shop and have become an author. I could never expect that creative freedom working for a boss.”

“Of course being an entrepreneur is not all sunshine and roses. As a single women with a mortgage, it’s a lot of hard work, but the rewards can come ten fold.”

Ms O’Neil recommended using the following strategies to overcome mental illness and chase your dreams:

You can’t hit a target you can’t see – find your passion. Sometimes this is the most difficult part, but when you find it, you’ll know. Those who follow their passion are statistically more likely to succeed in new business.

Eyes on the prize – once you have a target, you will need a roadmap to get there, so sit down with a coach, mentor or business expert and work out a plan of attack.

Outlearn your completion – there is a plethora of information out there for young entrepreneurs. If you fill yourself with new knowledge on a regular basis, you will not only be fulfilled, but you will be more likely to succeed.

• Share your success – give to get back. Most successful business people are also great philanthropists. Share everything you know and the returns will return ten fold.

Look after yourself ­– see your GP or mental health expert regularly, take medication if required, exercise, eat well and enjoy family, friends and pets.

Ask RUOK ­– sometimes it is simple. If a friend or family member just doesn’t seem quite right, ASK. That may be all they need. And they will be more likely to ask you the same in return.

“Living with mental illness is a constant challenge and it’s something that some of us may live with our whole life, but it doesn’t mean we can’t realise our dreams. The key is to aim high – the sky really is the limit.”

www.RUOK.Day.com.au is on Thursday 13th September.

More entrepreneurial and property styling tips can be found at www.styledbyhibernate.com.au

Contact Profile

styled by hibernate • real estate property styling

Brianna O’Neil has 12 years of experience in the design industry in Australia and London having worked as a Graphic Designer, Homewares Designer and Property Stylist preparing homes for sale. 

Brianna O'Neil
P: 0402 480 808
W: styledbyhibernate.com.au

Brianna O'Neil

P: 0402 480 808
W: styledbyhibernate.com.au/shop/


RUOK day, depression, small business, entrepreneur, property styling



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