Category: Depression

Suicide prevention day is every day

Someone with depression is 20 times more likely to die from suicide than someone without it. Depression has been found to play a role in more than one-half of all suicide attempts. Suicide Prevention This year, World Suicide Prevention Day took place on 10 September. It was a day for all of us to think about those that had lost...

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Surviving the Darkness – Book Release

Here is the trailer for my first published book, Surviving the Darkness: Lessons learned from a battle with depression and anxiety, which was released on 5 August 2020. Surviving the Darkness is a concise, thought-provoking and inspiring narrative of the lessons learned from surviving a lengthy battle with depression and anxiety, laden with useful references and practical tips for carers...

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Suicide: Lessons from the tragic death of Shane Tuck

Michael Tuck is one of my heroes.  A seven-time premiership-winning legend of the Hawthorn Football Club who played a record four hundred and twenty-six (426) senior games for the club between 1971 and 1991. He is also a father that recently lost a son, Shane Tuck — an AFL legend in his own right — to suicide from the impact...

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Stigma in mental health – it’s everywhere!

Apart from the obvious suffering endured by people with depression and anxiety, many people still have misconceptions about mental health problems[1]. The most common fallacies are that there is no treatment for mental health problems; mental health problems are caused by personal weaknesses; that people with mental disorders are incapable of making decisions for themselves or running their own lives;...

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24 things to say to someone with depression

Unfortunately, there are no magic words to help a person struggling with depression feel better. It does, however, help to acknowledge your understanding that depression is an illness—not a phase or some sort of attention-seeking behaviour.[1]  It is common for supporters to feel unsure about how to talk to people with depression or anxiety or to worry about saying the...

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13 things not to say to someone with depression

Choice of language when communicating with someone with depression ‘can have a big impact on how someone feels about their mental health condition or recovery process’.[1]  Carers and supporters should educate themselves about what not to say and adjust their use of language to accommodate the needs of the person they are supporting. Try to use language that makes the...

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Mental health – It’s time to talk about it

Is it time to talk about mental health? Most people will have had some experience with mental health disorders (such as depression and anxiety), whether it is personal or through their family, friends, or work colleagues. In 2017, more than 971 million people of all ages were affected by mental health problems, equating to approximately 1 in 8 people in...

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Mentally healthy workplaces – 3 good reasons

A ‘mentally healthy workplace’[1] is one in which “risk factors are acknowledged and appropriate action taken to minimise their potential negative impact on an individual’s mental health whilst at the same time protective or resilience factors are fostered and maximised.[2]” Apart from the increasing impact of workplace mental health on workers, workplace health and compensation authorities and social welfare systems globally,...

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Definition of ‘mentally healthy workplaces’

Definition of ‘mentally healthy workplaces’. Recognition and management of workplace mental health is a relatively new concept in many countries around the world, including Australia. Given that about 971 million people live with a mental health disorder[1] equating to slightly less than one in eight people globally (12.9%),[2] this is surprising. In Australia, the figure is closer to 18% of...

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9 depression symptoms in COVID-19 front-line workers

9 depression symptoms COVID-19 is like nothing any of us are likely to have ever seen. Front-line workers like doctors, nurses, paramedics, hospital staff and police, are accustomed to the day-to-day stresses of their usual roles. It ‘comes with the turf’. COVID-19, however, brings with it unique strains, pressures and anxieties way beyond what these heroic workers could have expected...

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