'Australian Survivor' Contestant Anneliese Has Spoken Out About Dealing With Depression On The Island

"I was feeling low..."

10 September 2017

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Ask anyone and they would agree that being a contestant on Australian Survivor is tough!

Anneliese is one of the many contestants who are still left in the game after swapping tribes twice and stealing an idol in the middle of a challenge.


She has the potential to go far in the game but has now revealed that being on this year's Survivor season really took a toll on her.

Whilst speaking to news.com.au, the Melbournian said that whilst filming the show, she struggled with mental illness.

“Personally, and I don’t want to speak for other people, but I struggled the most out of anyone out there.

“I was always feeling so down and low.

“It’s hard to watch back knowing how I felt in those moments and looking at the position that I was in.”

Anneliese said that despite the relationships being shown on screen, she formed close friendships with a number of other contestants who supported her through her low points.

“This season there were some absolutely amazing contestants, who could put the game play away for a minute.

“AK and I never worked together, but when I was feeling low, I would go to him and he was a great support and a great help.

“I can’t speak highly enough about the cast.

“There is definitely a support system out there, but it is nothing like what you get at home.”


She said that once she left the island, she found it hard to get back into her normal routine after such an intense few weeks and is still struggling to rebuild her confidence.

“It’s hard because I went in feeling so confident in myself, and came out feeling low.

“You go through all these thoughts like maybe I wasn’t as good as I thought I was.

“I’m in the process of rebuilding from there and getting my confidence back.

“I’m still working on it.”

A spokesperson from Endemol Shine Australia who helped create Australian Survivor told news.com.au that the health of the contestants is the highest priority whilst filming in Samoa.

“Endemol Shine Australia takes the mental and physical well-being of our contestants very seriously.

“There is constant care with a psychologist who monitors and talks with them while on the island. 

"The contestants are offered ongoing professional psychological support after filming if needed.”

If you are struggling with mental illness and need to talk to someone call Lifeline 131 114 or Beyondblue 1300 224 636, or visit lifeline.org.au orbeyondblue.org.au.


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