New year is a time to mind your health

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

IN many re­spects, 2014 was a test­ing year. The deaths of Robin Wil­liams and Char­lotte Daw­son, for ex­am­ple, saw an out­pour­ing of com­mu­nity feel­ing and a never-be­fore-seen will­ing­ness to talk openly about de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and sui­cide.

Record num­bers of peo­ple con­tacted be­yond­blue’s support ser­vice for help or ad­vice. The penny seems to have dropped that de­pres­sion does not dis­crim­i­nate.

More re­cent events in Syd­ney, Cairns and over­seas may have tested our trust in our fel­low hu­man be­ings, but in many ways have brought us closer to­gether.

With one in six Aus­tralians ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion and/or anx­i­ety at any time, be­yond­blue en­cour­ages all Aus­tralians to look out for them­selves and oth­ers this year, and not ne­glect their men­tal health.

If you have been feel­ing down or ex­ces­sively wor­ried for longer than a cou­ple of weeks check out the be­yond­blue web­site or con­tact our support ser­vice on 1300 22 46 36 any time of the night or day.

Ge­orgie Harman, chief ex­ec­u­tive, beyond blue.

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