Its the end of Exercise Your Mood Week, although I cannot say that I heard all that much out there in the media about it. At the Black Dog Institute they are calling for volunteers who can go onto become Community & Youth Presenters among other things. Interested?
Then I read a post over at Sharnanigans about how she had recently attended the funeral of a local man in her town who committed suicide and left behind a young family. She describes how she had an encounter with this man only a few days before and had no idea that he could have been depressed, because as she so rightly says you never know who is depressed and then goes on to say
"If you live in a small country town, and you suffer bouts of depression — you are massively disadvantaged."
I couldnt agree more.
"How many more suicides is it going to take for mental health of Rural Australians, and in fact Australians everywhere to be treated with the seriousness it deserves?"
My guess is many, many more.
Why can our most famous celebrities talk about it but ordinary people still find it so uncomfortable?
Or maybe it is easier connect with our next door neighbours when they talk about it?
Sometime just saying hello and smiling can lift someone to heights we will never know.
And one of the best ways to lift your mood...
Remember there is always someone to talk to
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