James Tighe, clinical nurse research fellow said:
"Everyone feels a bit low sometimes - it's the mental health equivalent of the common cold. But for some people it's much more serious, paralysing their ability to get on with life."
How common is it?
Seven to 12 per cent of men suffer from diagnosable depression, and 20 to 25 per cent of women. One in four of us will have some sort of mental health problem in their life. This means there are millions of people in the world who are either encountering problems themselves or know someone else who is experiencing them.
Australia's Michael Slater revealed he suffered from the manic depressive disease, which causes large mood swings and can even lead to suicide, and was worried about how his announcement would be received. The threat of admitting weakness has lasted much longer than his playing days. Society says injury-induced retirees are glorified; those with sick minds are signed off as nutcases.
"Are people going to think I'm a fruit loop," he asked Enough Rope's Andrew Denton as he shared his secret. Twenty percent of Australians experience some sort of mental illness, yet an opening batsman who thrilled and spilled in a Test career of 71 Tests, scoring 5312 runs at 42.83, was more cautious – scared even – than facing Ambrose and Walsh at their fastest.
The reason I'm posting this is because it stands to reason that at least some percentage of the membership here must either suffer or have suffered from this illness or know someone who did or does. What would you do about it? Either for yourself or a family member or friend? Do you believe people can be helped and would you stand by them even when they are at their most difficult? Slater was let down not only by the cricket community as a whole, but also his fellow cricketers and supporting staff. He was villified by the press for his erratic behaviour, which is a symtom of the desease. BTW some forms of the disease is genetic like diabetes, etc. People are born with it. Or do you think these people are "fruit loops" and don't want anything to do with them?