New year is a time to mind your health
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.