In the midst of the 2010 Federal election, Australian of the Year Professor Patrick McGorry has managed to place Mental Health on the national agenda. ABCâ€™s Four Corners â€œHidden Voicesâ€ dedicated a pre-election show to highlight depression, mental health: both significant factors in suicide.
Looking at the data, whilst suicide rates are falling â€" the rates in males 25 to 45 is still way above the norm. And more people die by their own hand in Australia than on the roads.
During the show, I tweeted the following: I suffer from Depression. There. I said it.
For me this has been a long journey. Thanks to excellent medical care, and can function in employment and society.
So, let me highlight: If you think you suffer from depression, are feeling â€˜downâ€™ â€" seek help. Start with your GP. Call Lifeline or similar service now. Do not be ashamed in seeking help. You are not alone.
Whilst there is still a stigma
Being depressed, and mentally unwell is still holds a social stigma.
Whilst public acceptance is on the incline: publically stating that you suffer from depression will have a negative effect on your employability. Whether working for a large organisation or as a single contractor: people around you will treat you with suspicion. Depression can be a disability that directly effects work performance; and the career prospects of individuals.
Or as is sadly all too common: no job at all.
Whilst remaining a supporter of various Menâ€™s mental health charities. Personal donations. Growing moustaches, I am going to leave much of my personal thoughts to myself for the time being.