Whilst my blogs are 99.9% about our region here in Franklin Country – today I felt that I needed to do something a bit more worldwide.
It was announced this morning that another very clever and respected person has passed away – Robin Williams, actor
The report states that Robin Williams had, reportedly, been suffering from depression of late, and is suspected of taking his own life.
The occurrence of suicide, mainly due to depression, seems to be becoming more widespread, or is it that we have more ways in which to hear of these things?
As the Depression info site says ” depression is more than just a low mood” – it is serious
Depression is one of the most common reasons that people are absent from work, or are unable to run a home.
The World Health Organisation estimates that by the year 2020, depression will be the second most common cause of ill-health and premature death worldwide.
Depression is the most common risk factor for suicidal behaviour (it’s estimated that depression increases the risk of suicide by 20 times).
There’s no simple answer as to why people become depressed. It’s often a combination of things and it varies from person to person. We do know that some people are more likely to become depressed than others. Depression can also be triggered by a difficult situation in your life, or it can build up over many years. Sometimes there’s no obvious reason.
We have seen on telly, Sir John Kerwan offering help and trying to do his “bit”, to make us more aware and offer help links.
It is very sad to lose friends, family and loved ones at the best of times, and often we tend to mask depression until it is too late – as the stars in Hollywood are proving! The list of high-profile people known to suffer from depression is quite long….and that doesn’t take into account the everyday person on the street, going about their everyday lives. We all need to take time out for ourselves, families and friends.
There is always someone out there who will listen and be available to help – depression helplines
+ depression helpline freephone 0800 111 757
Talk to a trained counsellor who can discuss your situation and find you the right support. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
+ lifeline freephone 0800 543 354
Lifeline’s telephone counselling service provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week counselling and support. http://www.lifeline.org.nz
+ the lowdown
The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders understand depression from their own perspective. Talk to a trained counsellor by free txt (5626) http://www.thelowdown.co.nz
+ samaritans freephone 0800 726 666
If you need someone to listen, call Samaritans at any time. They offer non-judgemental, confidential support to anyone in emotional distress and are available 24 hours a day. http://www.samaritans.org.nz