HERE’S HOP­ING A BIG STEP HELPS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

FEW have the op­por­tu­nity to prat­tle on about the things that are im­por­tant to them in a pub­lic fo­rum such as this. So here goes. I am among what be­yond­blue es­ti­mates will be a mil­lion Aus­tralians who ex­pe­ri­ence de­pres­sion this year. As you can see, it’s not un­com­mon. Turn to the per­son next to you - it’s likely they have, are or will ex­pe­ri­ence it at some time in their life. And two mil­lion will ex­pe­ri­ence anx­i­ety, so be pre­pared for an episode even closer to home. Men­tal Health Week (Oc­to­ber 5-11) has been an amaz­ing cat­a­lyst for pro­mot­ing aware­ness of the myr­iad men­tal health dis­or­ders af­fect­ing the com­mu­nity and why stigmas are not help­ful or ap­pro­pri­ate. Pub­licly own­ing my de­pres­sion is a big step but if it helps to break down bar­ri­ers and stereo­types and demon­strates that it can be ex­ceed­ingly man­age­able with ed­u­ca­tion and care, I’m OK with that. If this has raised any is­sues for you, call Life­line 13 11 14, Kid’sHelpline 1800 55 1800 or be­yond­blue 1300 22 4636.

Michele Nu­gent - Ed­i­tor

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