Wednesday, October 5, 2011

How to Help Raise Awareness About Depression

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As it turns out, October is Depression Awareness Month.  Unfortunately, depression is all too common.  It can be a devastating illness, affecting as many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in Australia at some point in their lives, and it is a growing problem around the world.  The risk of suffering from depression is even greater for those with other illness or difficult life circumstances, ranging from diabetes to unemployment.

Because of the stigma attached to depression and other mental illnesses, many suffering individuals are simply uncomfortable admitting they have a problem and seeking help.  Sadly, depression plays a major factor in many completed suicides and attempted suicides every year, and Australia has the 3rd highest suicide rate among developed countries.

The tragic part about this is that these deaths are preventable.  Most people with depression respond very well to professional counselling and medication.  Even online support groups, getting fresh air and exercise, and eating well can also help with symptoms of depression, but affected individuals need professional help, and they need to know where to get it.

Help for Depression is teaming up with To Write Love on Her Arms to raise money this month for depression awareness and outreach services.  Luckily, there is a quick and easy way we can all help.

Just “like” on Facebook by October 15th to automatically, and at no cost to you, donate $1 to the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms.  After you do that, send the link to all of your friends so that they can do the same.

By doing your part for Depression Awareness Month, you can bring hope to thousands of men and women struggling with depression around the world.  Depression is a battle of epic proportions for many Australians, but fundraising and increasing awareness about this devastating mental illness can help erase the stigma associated with it.

So go ahead, “like” on Facebook, and help those in need get the necessary resources for depression support and treatment services. 

1 comment :

  1. That's really sad that depression is more often in today society. You got the best post in starting the awareness about depression. Like it.


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