Deakin research vital in the fight
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.