Despite selling off several of her prized possessions and her car, she was still struggling to make ends meet and pay her rent.
As a last resort, the aspiring journalist tweeted out a request for any work whatsoever, asking for only five pounds.
That's a long way beneath the minimum wage of £ 7.70 per hour.
She wrote: "Long shot: does anyone need any small tasks doing for around £5? Video editing, photography, copywriting, I'm pretty sick at revamping CVs, if you're in Cardiff I can wash your car, weed your garden, walk your dog, water your plants, etc. I'm poor and I need to make rent."
Since issuing her plea, the tweet has been shared more than 3,000 times, liked more than 5,000 times, and she has even received a number of offers of work.
Natalie, who moved to Cardiff from Portsmouth for university, told Wales Online: "I've been applying exclusively for full time, minimum wage jobs, but now I will hopefully be able to work part-time and spend my free hours creating.
"My entire university experience was clouded by my mental illness, but third year was the worst.
"I was trying so hard to ignore it and took on a lot of extra-curricular activities.
"I found myself in a really dark place."
"I couldn't face lectures, seminars or any assignments and my grades began to drop drastically.
"I realised I needed to change something, so I emailed my personal tutor. She was so kind and together we decided that the best thing to do was to take a break, step aside from my studies and put my health first."
However, that came with new problems. She found herself struggling to pay her £350 per month rent as well as her household bills.
Nadine continued: "I found that most of my barriers to work were self-inflicted, which can be awful, as I blame myself for a lot of my failings, but my friends remind me that I do have a medical illness and it's bound to happen."
Even if had she found a job, she realised that she 'wouldn't have a large enough payday before rent and bills were due, and there was no other way to pay for them'.
That only made matters worse.
Despite admitting that she felt 'incredibly embarrassed' writing the tweet asking for work, it looks to have paid off in the long run.
Hi Nadine. I'm an Operations Manager for a company based in Cardiff center. If you DM me I'll reply in the morning, don't want to over promise but will see what I can do.
- Ian Stewart Coles (@colesy_jnr) September 11, 2019
Hi Nadine, we're always looking for new writers for our team - if you can write about board games, or you're new to the hobby, then we'd love for you to write for us. Get in touch with us at hello@boardgamecrate - and we pay proper money, you tell us what your time is worth.
- Board Game Crate (@BoardGameCrate) September 11, 2019
DM me your PayPal and I'll drop some £$€¥ just for the honesty and directness of your tweet!
- Stuart Spitz (@stuart_spitz) September 11, 2019
I left a little something in yr PayPal, please pay it forward when you're able to, and good luck in the future.
- Pete Harris (@Pete59Ph) September 12, 2019
She's had freelance offers, part-time offers, donations and - thankfully - no weirdos, other than 'a couple of invitations to go on a date'.
She added: "My life has changed so positively, so quickly, and I can't put into words how grateful I am for people's support - whether that was a donation, a job offer or even just a message telling me that things will get better."
Now, she's looking to raise money for two charities, Huggard and Big Moose, in an effort to pay back the kindness that has been shown to her.