CAITY Vidot dreams of one day being as famous as her idol Eminem.
The Bendigo teenager has battled with depression since she was in Grade 1 but has found release through rapping.
"I've used rapping to express my feelings," Caity said.
"I wanted to be just like Eminem so I started writing and rapping about a year ago."
Caity, 13, still struggles with her demons but has found support at headspace Bendigo where staff linked her a recording studio to record a rap.
"I hope one day it will grow bigger and I become famous," Caity said.
While still on the road to recovery, Caity has come a long way in the past 12 months and wanted to share her story with the Bendigo Advertiser in the hope other young people will be brave enough to seek help when needed.
"I used to have a wall up, I wouldn't talk to anyone," she said.
"I was self-harming and with every counselor I'd had, I wouldn't talk to them.
"I would just hide my feelings."
When Caity was having a really tough time she would self-harm - finding physical expression for her emotional struggle.
"That started in Grade 1," she said.
"It took my mind off what was actually happening because of the pain of it and I'd just focus on that."
Caity attributes some of her struggles to coming from a separated family but admits she has always been the anxious sort.
She's seen numerous counsellors over the years but struggled to make a lasting connection.
When she turned 12 her doctor suggested she get in touch with headspace Bendigo - an early intervention mental health service for young people.
Caity was reluctant to go but her mum Megan Darcy encouraged her to take a tour.
Caity says she was pleasantly surprised by the bright, inviting atmosphere and friendly staff.
"After a couple of weeks we met the manager Jenny and I clicked with her because she was all bubbly and happy," she said.
Caity is now getting help from a psychologist who also plans to meet with her school teachers.
She has developed healthier coping mechanisms and self-harm is now a thing of the past.
"The message I want to get out to people is don't be afraid to get help and talk to somebody before it's too late," Caity said.
Caity's mum Megan and step-dad Ben Hutcheson will host a fundraising trivia night this Friday as a way to thank headspace Bendigo.
The trivia night will be at Bendigo Pottery from 7pm.
For more information about the trivia night or to donate, phone Megan on 0438 569 023.
Headspace is at 192 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo, and can be contacted on 5434 3939.
If you or someone you know needs help phone, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.