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Mitch Wallis, 27 – Mental health advocate & founder of the ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ Movement living with mental illness, SYDNEY

August 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mitch, 27, Sydney, has battled multiple mental health demons since childhood.   At nine years of age, Mitch was diagnosed with OCD. A decade later, he received yet another diagnosis of severe anxiety, combined with PTSD and clinical depression.  Last year, aged 26, having plunged even deeper into mental illness, Mitch was confronted by two…

Help for depression with Prof Ian Hickie AM

August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Words by Michelle Sparkes More than just feeling down, clinical depression is a serious mental health condition that affects the way people feel, think, and react to general daily activities, such as eating, sleeping, or working. In Australia one-in-seven people will experience clinical depression in their lifetime and globally the number is one-in-five. Predicted to…

Dan Hunt – Former NRL Player, mental health ambassador & founder, Mental Health Movement, SYDNEY

August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former Australian NRL player, Dan Hunt, 30, Sydney, played 150 games for the St George Illawarra Dragons during his prestigious nine-year-long career that concluded in July, 2015.   Dan has continued to partner with the NRL in retirement, as its State of Mind community and mental health ambassador. In April 2016 Dan founded the Mental…

Osher Günsberg – TV & radio personality & Director of SANE Australia, who lives with mental illness, SYDNEY

August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

The host of Channel 10’s The Bachelor and member of Brisbane’s HIT 105 breakfast radio team, Osher Günsberg is no stranger to mental illness. He currently battles social anxiety, has been diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and has lived with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Osher has first-hand experience of the heavy stigma surrounding complex…

Australian Genetics of Depression Study – Radio CSA

August 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Listen to the Australian Genetics of Depression Study Radio Community Service Announcement here:

Cracking the genetic code of clinical depression – Scientists seeking 10,000 Aussie volunteers to complete recruitment for world’s largest genetics of depression study

August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

More than two-thirds of Australian study participants have had to rely upon multiple antidepressants to treat their clinical depression – a trial and error approach that remains a major challenge in delivering more effective mental health care.1 This interim data from the Australian Genetics of Depression Study – the world’s largest genetic investigation into clinical…

Aussie geneticist “wearing his heart on his sleeve” to end the stigma of mental illness

August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Geneticist and Head of the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Lead Investigator of the Australian Genetics of Depression Study, Prof Nick Martin, Brisbane, has this week thrown his support behind the human-led, human-grown ‘Heart On Your Sleeve’ Movement. The social media movement, ‘Heart on Your Sleeve’, is the brainchild of 27…

Darcy’s story

August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Aerial fitness and gardening enthusiast, Darcy, 24, Melbourne, has been living with clinical depression for the past 10 years. Since her diagnosis with clinical depression at the tender age of 14, Darcy has continued to combat negative feelings every day. “For me, clinical depression is like a long, slow slog through feelings of hopelessness, guilt,…

Poor report card for nation’s mental health

August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The nation’s largest, proactive mental health check report card released this week revealed traditional approaches to managing mental health are costly, time-consuming and incorrect. ‘Australia’s Biggest Mental Health Check-in’ – a digital public health initiative designed to measure, educate and drive change in the mental health arena – involved over 3,000 Australian adults over the…

Sporting stars’ battle with clinical depression

July 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Reading the news lately, it seems many of our elite athletes are living with clinical depression. Just this week, AFL star, and Western Bulldogs key forward, 21-year-old Tom Boyd was granted a leave of absence while undergoing treatment for clinical depression. Throughout 2017, we’ve heard from athletes including Ian Thorpe, who has been open about…

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