Amazon #1 Best Seller in Teen Depression

A Way Out: A Memoir of Conquering Depression and Social Anxiety

A Way Out gives an unfiltered look into the life and thoughts of a young woman, Michelle, experiencing depression and social anxiety. Beyond the haunting honesty, A Way Out delivers heart, humour, and hope.

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A Way Out - Mental Health Memoir

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The Author

Michelle Balge

Michelle has won awards thanks to her dedication to mental health, and has spoken about her experiences to students, the community, and professionals in the field. Michelle holds an Honours BA in Sociology with a Concentration in Critical Animal Studies, and a Web Design Graduate Certificate. She was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, with a taste of city and small-town life.

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The Memoir

How it Came to Be

This memoir was written so that those experiencing mental illness could relate and not feel as alone, those who have experienced it in the past feel that they too are understood, those with loved ones can gain insights, and people just interested in the subject can learn more. It's all about helping others and breaking the stigma.

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Praise for A Way Out

“Her struggles pave a path for anyone struggling to see hope and to realize, as she says, “You can do this.” A must-read for anyone struggling or wanting to know more about mental illness.”

Kevin R. BriggsSergeant, California Highway Patrol (Ret.), author of Guardian of the Golden Gate: Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair

“I recommend this honest, uplifting, heartbreaking, and hilarious book to anyone who is struggling, anyone who has overcome challenges, and anyone who wants to better understand a compassionate approach to mental illness…”

Rebecca Gibsonfounder of Orange Daisy Project (supporting teen girls’ mental health)

“As a fellow sufferer of mental illness, I related to so many parts of Michelle’s story. Anybody that does not understand mental illness should read this book as it gives a clear understanding of how painful and debilitating it is.”

Clint Malarchukformer NHL goaltender, author of The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond

“Her journey, thought a difficult one, is troublingly common as depression and anxiety are on the rise, but it's inspiring to know she found her way back to a good life.”

Jessica Holmescomedian, author of I Love Your Laugh and Depression The Comedy

“This courageous mental health advocate has written a powerful memoir that empowers its readers, making them feel they are not alone in their struggles.”

Numila Parker, MSWParents For Children’s Mental Health

“Through the courageous telling of her own story of everyday life, Michelle brings hope. A Way Out shows how Michelle is able, despite her mental illness, to find a way out...”

Michele SparlingShine Out! Shout Out!

Beyond the Book

There's more to Michelle than just being an author. She designs websites and graphics, speaks about her mental health experience to the public, and adores animals.

Web Designer
Mental Health Advocate
Animal Welfare Activist

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