At Mind Blank we know that depression is more than just a low mood – it’s a serious illness. People with depression find it hard to function every day, and it can affect both physical and mental health. A person may be depressed if for more than two weeks they have felt sad, down or miserable most of the time https://www.beyondblue.org.au.
A Personal Story
“I was not confident. I learnt to not speak up and suffered alone. I saw my parents go through a lot of challenges and seeing them struggle all the time meant that I thought my problems were nothing in comparison. If anything I learnt to be embarrassed by talking up because people would see that I was different.
"I was diagnosed with depression in 2010 in the aftermath of a trauma that changed my life forever. It made me stare straight at my past, and this time I had no choice but to deal with it. I went to see a GP and he took me to see a counsellor for the first time in my life. It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. We only chatted about what I was comfortable with. Usually after a session I would feel relieved."
Cassie 17, NSW
How We Help
We here at Mind Blank know that one in five young people will experience a mood disorder in their lifetime. Depression is something that many of us will go through at some stage in our life – and we believe that no one needs to suffer alone.
Mind Blank has a script that addresses general wellbeing and depression. In this script we highlight one person’s journey. This is Dan’s story, and we explore his experience with depression. Dan’s life is actively retold on-stage, and the audience is questioned as to how we can help him through various difficult periods of his life.
If You Need Immediate Help
- Beyond Blue https://www.beyondblue.org.au
- Lifeline https://www.lifeline.org.au/
- Headspace http://www.headspace.org.au/