The Christmas period


Letter to the Editor

The Christmas period should be a time of peace and tranquillity for all Australians, sadly those of us who are gripped by chronic depressive illness only feel worse at this time of year as we are expected to be jolly and cheerful when we are not. We do love seeing others happy at this time, however our incapacity to join in the celebrations only serves to make us even more conscious of our illness, as we live through the gloom that is our life.

Many Aussies contend with the ‘black dog’ on a daily basis, many are fortunate enough for this illness to be a temporary thing. Depression knows no class, no boundaries and can happen to anyone one at any time. Australia has not done enough over the years to support those of us who suffer with the chronic form of the illness and our families, this results in some cases in suicide. Not a pleasant subject at this time of year but neither the less it does occur.

I can only hope that future State and federal governments dedicate funding to support the estimated 25% of Aussies who will fall into the clutches of depressive illness in the near future.


Shaun Newman

13 Laura Court

Deeragun, Townsville

North Queensland, 4818

Ph: 0747516184

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