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Perfect time to seek help

Saturday 9th of October 2010

October is dedicated to mental health, and Ruth Blakely is entirely supportive of promoting education and awareness in Tamworth.


As the senior counsellor of Tamworth's Anglican Counselling Serivce, Mrs Blakely said depression and anxiety was common in our region, particularly among adolescents. "I'm seeing a lot of adolescents at the moment who are suffering because of interaction with people, a breakdown in the family and peer pressure to perform. This is where beyondblue come into it," she said.


Beyondblue, a national not-for-profit organisation, is committed to addressing issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders.  In order to address the seriousness of depression, which affects one million Australian adults and about 160 000 young people, as well as anxiety which more than two million Australians live with, beyondblue is promoting a number of initiatives this month.  The organisation will encourage people who are experiencing depression and anxiety to seek help, especially during beyondblue's Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month this month, World Mental Heath Day tomorrow and Mental Health Week, which also kicks off tomorrow.


Mrs Blakely said the Anglican Counselling Service would continue with sessions throughout the month, and that its counsellors may attend workshops at Centacare to support the awareness month.


"We're here to suppoprt people in a non-judgemental, safe environment," she said. "Depression and anxiety is a big issue in Tamworth, but it's also everywhere. It's not always obvious. People with it may be going to the pub or gambling at the club. With the rising cost of living, a lot of people find it difficult to deal with everyday life, and depression will follow for some. It's like walking through a fog. Luckily there have been a lot of programmes to address anxiety and depression."



Story: Jodie Davies

Published in The Northern Daily Leader, October 9, 2010

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