Beating the blues

DEPRESSION hurts many Australians but it is the ones who have the guts to admit they have depression that will see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Many people get depression when a family member or friend passes away; when they lose their job; when their life isn’t going as well as they thought it could; a swift career move; physical appearance problems; problems at home; gambling or drug and alcohol additon…there is a whole range of reasons that people can be depressed.

Sometimes, you may be seen as being in a great position in life and still get depressed.

When you are depressed, it feels like the world is falling on top of you or caving in.

It’s the worst feeling in the world. Hence why many people unfortunately take their own lives.

You wonder how it gets to the point where people just give up.

Sometimes you understand why people do it – other times you really wonder how people can do it.

Depression is a disease that can’t be cured overnight.

It’s a mental health issue that many Australians are affected by and getting help through psychologists or doctors.

Some doctors recommend medication but it can also be solved by just talking to someone whether that is a trained professional or someone that is close to you.

Hawthorn footballer Campbell Brown this week told the Sunday Herald Sun that he wished his best mate – he took his own life – at consulted a doctor or a friend.

“I think most guys don’t want to admit to the fact that they have depression because it can be seen to be weak,” Brown said.

“If there is one message I would say it is that there is no problem out there that can’t be solved,” Brown said.

“If you want to talk to someone, even if it is your mate – it doesn’t have to be someone qualified – you might be able to sit down and nut out issues.

“Then, there can be the tipping point and a lot of people don’t even know that those close to them have a problem because it can be disguised well.”

Depression even reached well known footballers such as former Hawk and Kangaroo Nathan Thompson who openly said he was suffering from depression; as was former Hawk Jonathan Hay who admitted he was suffering bi-polar.

Anyone with personal problems can call Lifeline on 131 114

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