Run keeps de­pres­sion at bay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

NED­LANDS ranger Daniel Sharples knew he had a prob­lem when he started hav­ing dra­matic mood swings and un­con­trol­lable tremors ev­ery sin­gle day.

Af­ter suf­fer­ing all his adult life, the fa­ther of two said it took courage to visit a doc­tor to fi­nally be di­ag­nosed with de­pres­sion.

“I wanted to make sure my kids have a fa­ther who will be there for them and give them the love they de­serve,” he said.

Mr Sharples will run the half-marathon in the City to Surf on Au­gust 30 to raise money for men­tal health char­ity be­yond­blue.

The avid In­sta­gram user said he was doc­u­ment­ing his train­ing with the hash­tag #run­ning­with­de­pres­sion un­der the name lib­er­tyrun­ner.

“Win­ston Churchill said: ‘When you’re go­ing through hell, keep go­ing’ and that says it all for me – in run­ning and in deal­ing with de­pres­sion,” he said.

“The good news with some­thing like de­pres­sion is that, just like phys­i­cal ill­nesses, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety can be treated.

“The sooner you seek help, the sooner you can re­cover.” Visit https://chevronci­ty­to­surf2015.ev­ery­day­hero. com/au/half-marathon­for-be­yond-blue.

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