A brave stand
“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.
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
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