I’m going to add my thanks and best wishes to resigning West Australian Premier, Dr Geoff Gallop, for identifying his illness as depression. This is such a prevalent and misunderstood illness, and as a society we really must learn to acknowledge and properly treat those who suffer from the condition. Rest, empathy and encouragement to discuss the symptoms are all crucial to the recovery process. But so long as society regards depression as a sign of weakness (rather than intellectual complexity and adroitness, as is commonly the case for depression sufferers), then thousands of victims will continue to avoid treatment and unnecessarily waste so much their lives struggling against a positively debilitating condition. We desperately need the leadership of people like Gallop to help raise public awareness of depression. His candour and his courage are very deeply appreciated.
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