“Don’t you know yet? It is your light that lights the world” – Rumi
After the tragic death of Charlotte Dawson I realized just how little I know about depression. Please click here to sign the petition Charlotte’s Law against tougher cyber bullying legislation in Australia. I thought I would share some of the information I learnt from The White Cloud Foundation and Headspace websites which provide helpful information about depression in Australia. All the information about depression on this post has come from both of these sites and for more information on depression visit these sites.
Did you know one million people in Australia currently suffer from depression and it’s estimated that 6 to 7 per cent of young people aged 16 to 24 will experience depression in any year? I had no idea how much depression affected young Australians. That means 10,000 young Australians live with depression every year.
Approximately 2000 Australians die from suicide every year, men are 4 times more likely to die by suicide than women.
On Headspace it goes through the symptoms of major depression, if you think a loved one might have depression this is what you should look out for; emotional changes, cognitive changes, behavioural changes and physical changes. Examples of emotional changes are feelings of unhappiness, worthlessness, emptiness, lack of motivation and frequent crying.
Cognitive changes is being self-critical, having really negative thoughts and low self-esteem.
Behavioural changes include withdrawn behaviour and decreased participation in activities you would normally love.
Physical pain is loss of appetite, restlessness, over sleeping or lack of sleeping.
I hope everyone suffering depression is able to get the help that they need.
Kids help line – 1800 55 1800
Lifeline Australia – 13 11 14