Reid brothers complete herculean global ride in sister’s honour to raise funds for mental illness

October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Queensland brothers, Dylan and Lawson Reid have completed a 938 day-long, 100,000 kilometre global motorbike trek today (October 10, 2017), finishing at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane. The sole purpose of their extraordinary ride was to raise much-needed funds to support further research into clinical depression – an insidious illness to which they lost…

Tailoring medicines through DNA sequencing

September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but scientists and health researchers believe genetic testing should lead to the personalisation of medicine to an individual’s DNA – a practice that will be the norm within 15 years. Breakthroughs in DNA sequencing have already led to the development of cancer vaccines for melanoma skin cancer,…

Mel, 43 – Single mother-of-four, business owner & Reiki practitioner who lived with clinical depression, IPSWICH

August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

At 16 years of age, Mel, now 43, a single mother-of-four and business owner from Ipswich, experienced an extremely traumatic year. Off the back of several major, life-impacting events, Mel was diagnosed with clinical depression, and spent the ensuing 26 years battling the devastating mental illness.   Throughout her protracted battle with clinical depression, Mel…

Megan, 29 – Registered nurse, midwife & science fiction fan living with clinical depression, BRISBANE

August 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

After completing university and commencing full-time work as a registered nurse in 2008, Megan, then aged 20, Brisbane was finding it hard to cope with her professional career.    After seeking advice from her GP, Megan was diagnosed with clinical depression, and prescribed antidepressant medication. Over time, Megan, who has a strong family history of…

Jane, 50 – Fitness model, author, health & lifestyle coach & payroll manager who beat clinical depression, SYDNEY

August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

At 16 years of age, Jane, now 50, Sydney, turned to her school counsellor for help because she was rebelling against life, and couldn’t get along with her mother. No matter what she did or said, Jane battled negative thoughts and emotions. A couple of years later, Jane left school, moved out of home, and…

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

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