Deakin re­search vi­tal in the fight

Geelong Advertiser - - OUR SAY -

WITH al­most 60,000 peo­ple in our re­gion set to con­front the spec­tre of de­pres­sion in their lives — there are few more im­por­tant bat­tles than the fight against the black dog.

This de­bil­i­tat­ing ill­ness has for too long been kept in the dark. It costs lives, ruins re­la­tion­ships and sim­ply stops so many from hav­ing ful­fill­ing, rich lives.

That’s why our story to­day on page one is so im­por­tant.

A new world-first study, in Gee­long, will look at links be­tween diet and de­pres­sion and pos­si­bly pro­vide a diet for fight­ing the blues. Tra­di­tion­ally drugs and psy­chol­ogy have been the main weapons but diet could well play a part in boost­ing spir­its.

Clearly, diet alone will not be the an­swer but wouldn’t it be won­der­ful if a new treat­ment op­tion could be found?

It is also heart­en­ing to see that our own prized in­sti­tu­tion, Deakin Univer­sity, is be­hind the re­search project.

Hav­ing an in­sti­tu­tion like Deakin in our city is vi­tal — not just for the students and the eco­nomic stim­u­lus it brings — but be­cause when they need to con­duct a re­search project, they think lo­cal. And that means us.

For the 100 or so peo­ple about to take part in the trial, we wish them all the best and for the 58,000 of our res­i­dents who may be af­flicted with de­pres­sion — let’s hope this re­search bears fruit.

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