One of the biggest reasons for launching Lovelly Travels instagram and then on to the podcast was to spread awareness about mental health. I’m Emma “Lovelly” Lovell and I’ve been travelling the world since i was 18 on my own and I’ve now visited 64 countries. But in 2019, I decided to make it my mission to visit all 195 UN recognised countries while raising awareness for mental illness. I have lived with depression and anxiety since 2005.

Trekking in Bhutan in 2015 for Black Dog Institute

It’s not something people often expect or know about me but it’s a huge part of my life and story. I’m now a Corporate Speaker for the Black Dog Institute and I’m passionate about sharing my lived experience to inspire others to open up and seek help when they need it.

See the show notes for important mental health links.

Listen to how Emma’s story and her mental health journey in this episode.

For more information on mental health or if you or someone you care about needs support, visit:
Black Dog Institute website –
Lifeline – 13 11 14 –
Beyond Blue –

You’re not alone in the world. Read more about how I dealt with my mental health. You can also find Snapshot and mycompass apps from Blac k Dog Institute for additional suppot.

Learn about how I found my trek to happiness in Bhutan in 2015 here.

If you have any questions, comments, feedback, email

If you know anyone who is struggling with mental health at the moment, this podcast and links might be quite helpful for them, so make sure to share.

Volunteering with Black Dog Institute in 2019 at Brisbane Airport for Virgin Australia event

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