I have been getting some amazing responses to these posts, mostly via email or facebook. That’s fantastic, but if you want to add your comments to the blog, please do!. You can add comments anonymously if you like. This will help people who are reading, because then it’s not just oakley-thoughts on the matter.
I am also keen to hear from other people who are suffering from depression, or who have experienced it in the past. If you fit into this category, please consider sending me an email [firstname.lastname@example.org]. I promise to keep all details anonymous. Alternatively, you could write your thoughts anonymously as a comment below this post. I may then use your stories in a future blog-post. Any questions? email me or comment below.
Please also feel free to weigh in to the discussion even if you haven’t had depression personally.
Beyond Blue (Australia’s National Depression Initiative) states: “Depression is one of the most common of all mental health problems. One in five people experience depression at some stage of their lives.” I hardly need add – that’s a lot of people. Australian Medical Association Queensland president Richard Kidd was quoted recently (July 5, 2011) in the Brisbane Times, saying that in Australia suicide is the biggest killer of those under the age of 25. So depression looms large on the Australian mental landscape. The more we are informed about it, the better equipped we are to survive it, to help others through it, to learn from it.