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Mia Freedman: "I felt like such a failure... I felt like my body had failed me."

Gillie was a first-time mother, isolated at home with a newborn, scared out of her mind.

Mia was a mother, pregnant with her second child. About a week after she got married, halfway through the pregnancy, she miscarried.

She had never felt so lost.

Everyone feels lost at some point. Maybe you’re drifting, or you’re far from home without a support network. Maybe you’re grieving or you’re so busy you forget to stop and appreciate the small things.

Gillie and Marc are international award-winning contemporary artists who have set in motion a life-changing art venture that will help thousands of Australians.

Last month Gillie and Marc launched a short video on Facebook telling Gillie’s story of how she felt after her daughter was born.

The video went viral and the artists were stunned by all the comments from people sharing their own experiences and private messages of thanks.

This video was the first in a series called, The Lost Dogs of Hope Project. In various short videos, celebrities discuss the times they’ve felt lost and alone.

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The Lost Dogs. Image via www.gillieandmarc.com.

Gillie and Marc’s Lost Dog artworks represent the times we’ve all felt lost. The artists first came up with the Lost Dog concept in 2013 when they placed 100 Lost Dog sculptures in various locations around Sydney. Within a month, all but three of the sculptures were stolen. The Lost Dogs received a cult following and can still be found all over Sydney.

Having celebrities open up and show their vulnerabilities, paves the way for others to speak up and seek help when they need it. For Gillie and Marc, it has been inspiring and eye-opening to see so many successful people such as Neale Whitaker (The Block), Allison Cratchley and Jolene Anderson (Home and Away/All Saints), and TV personality, Lisa Clarke, open up about when they’ve hit rock bottom.

During the project they’ll also be hearing from Matt Moran (MasterChef), seven times Surfing World Champion, Layne Beachley, Heather Maltman (The Bachelor), Olympian Elka Whalan and Huffington Post Editor, Leigh Campbell.

All these people sharing in such an honest and brave way really helps to break the stigma around feeling lost.

Talking about it is the first step to finding yourself again. We all feel lost at some point in our lives. If you’re feeling lost, you can call Beyond Blue, or even talk to your GP.

Share your story on social media and tag #lostdogsofhope to help others feel less alone. Together, we all should spread the word — because as it turns out, a short video can make a lifetime of difference.

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