I apologise in advance for the length of this post, as there is a lot I want to say. What I don’t apologise for is my frustration and disappointment. I’m not OK and we need to talk about why. Last Thursday, Reachout Australia launched the R U OK campaign, designed to raise awareness of mental health issues – particularly depression and the risk of suicide.
For some reason, discussion this morning on Twitter revolved around experiences of depression, prompted by my mention of medication. Blog posts were swapped and questions asked of each other as we shared our experiences with the black dog. I took the decision a while ago that I would not treat my depression as a personal secret. Hiding this illness is why it is still largely misunderstood in the community. Therefore, I continue to talk candidly and openly about my experiences, unashamed and certainly unafraid.
One in five Australians suffer from depression. Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day, or Blue Day, and it is a subject I care very deeply about. If it wasn’t for the current understanding and demystifying of depression and the creation of modern treatments, I would probably already be dead.