A brave stand

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - Front Page - By Gideon Haigh

“One need not suf­fer alone”: what a won­der­ful and pow­er­ful mes­sage from Moises Hen­riques (“Cap­tain’s knock”, Oct 27-28). We can only hope that enough of us con­tinue to spread this very im­por­tant word and that for elite ath­letes and in­deed all of us, ask­ing for sup­port and as­sis­tance be­comes read­ily un­der­stood and ac­cepted. Thank you for pub­lish­ing this truly im­por­tant ac­count and best wishes to him for the fu­ture.

Clare Kaczkowski

Mount He­len, Vic

Forty years as a pro­fes­sional re­cre­ation plan­ner have taught me the power of the en­joy­ment fac­tor in man­ag­ing stress – en­joy­ing creatively ex­press­ing any in­ter­est that switches your mind off your prob­lems and on to en­er­gis­ing ex­pe­ri­ences. In Moises Hen­riques’ case it’s swim­ming, walk­ing the dog and play­ing golf. For me it’s choir singing. The power of the en­joy­ment fac­tor is the tug­boat that grad­u­ally turns ex­ces­sive stress around. Yet few psy­chol­o­gists give en­joy­ment its due cre­dence in en­er­gis­ing the mind to bet­ter cope with de­pres­sion. Peter Ni­cholls Walk­erville, SA

I ad­mire fa­mous sports peo­ple or en­ter­tain­ers who, de­spite the risk, ad­mit to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion and how they coped with it. I am grate­ful to Moises Hen­riques for his brave hon­esty but I wish as much at­ten­tion was paid to or­di­nary peo­ple fac­ing sim­i­lar demons. I have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing de­pres­sion for many years but have not dared tell my part­ner or con­fide in my friends or doc­tor. An or­di­nary per­son like me can­not call on the range of sup­port open to a fa­mous per­son. I fear my doc­tor would be dis­mis­sive or im­me­di­ately rec­om­mend med­i­ca­tion, which scares me. It seems peo­ple take ac­tion only when a cri­sis or some form of break­down oc­curs. That scares me too. Name & ad­dress pro­vided them to him. There were times when her beau­ti­ful prose brought me to tears. She had the gift of us­ing words that told him how much she loved him. She would en­close pho­tos, and one that still res­onates is of her in an English gar­den sur­rounded by flow­ers, rain fall­ing on her red um­brella, long dark hair fall­ing down her back, a smile on her face. Mar­lene Vin­ni­combe Robina, Qld

I won­der if Ger­maine Greer would ad­mit that the de­vel­op­ment of the pill and the lib­er­a­tion wrought by women’s “un­der­stand­ing them­selves as fully sex­ual be­ings” also gave rise to #MeToo. Even with the pill, women have a lot more to lose than men in sex­ual re­la­tions. Women recog­nise that sex is more closely con­nected to emo­tions, love, ma­ter­nity and fam­ily. That’s why some women now are re­volt­ing against men treat­ing them as ob­jects who are per­ma­nently avail­able. Martin Fitzger­ald Pen­nant Hills, NSW We could read­ily see our peo­ple and give a wink and a cheery smile. Now we are faced with a ter­ri­ble dilemma. We will no longer be the only ones shun­ning the black, grey and beige and em­brac­ing the tan­ger­ine, crim­son and teal. How will we Queenslander women iden­tify each other? Robyn Pre­ston

South Townsville, Qld

The win­ner of Novem­ber’s best let­ter prize will re­ceive a com­plete clean­ing bun­dle from ENJO val­ued at $888. It con­tains safe and ef­fec­tive fi­bre clean­ing prod­ucts that re­quire no chem­i­cals.

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