In Australia at any time, one million people live with depression and a further two million people with anxiety.
It is estimated that 45% of Australians will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. So virtually one out of every two people you meet or pass in the street either have had, will have or currently have a mental health condition. This seems inconceivable in the Lucky Country. A land of plenty.
Six Australians die every day by suicide. Five out of those six are men.
This is not surprising when men find it more difficult than women to ask for help. Only 1 in 4 men who experience depression or anxiety access treatment. I have just completed a trial in conjunction with Southern Cross University using acupuncture to treat mental health issues. It is not so surprising to me to discover that men made up only 20% of the trial participants.
I could go on and on with the statistics, as well as discussing the huge economic impact on the country in terms of costs to treat as well as lost productivity.
But the human cost is enormous. Depression has a direct effect on the immediate family, the extended family, friends and colleagues. Even all my years’ experience as a medical practitioner didn’t prepare me when the partner of a close friend, seemingly out of the blue, committed suicide. He left his family and friends shocked and devastated. The impact on me was to drive me to looking for a real solution to the problem of depression. Having found one, it has driven me to research the effectiveness of it. And, having demonstrated its effectiveness, it has driven me to write my book Stick it to Depression: Get your life back in under 10 weeks, because I want everyone to be made aware of this solution.
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