Depression is a serious issue. It’s more than just about being sad all the time. It takes its toll on you emotionally, physically and mentally. I don’t have depression, but I know a couple of people who do.
And at my corporate job, we are always looking to raise funds to help those charities in need and helping others.
“beyondblue was established in October 2000 as a national five-year initiative to create a community response to depression, moving the focus of depression away from a mental health service issue to one which is acknowledged and addressed by the wider community.”
12 years later and they are still going strong with that same initiative and drive. Tomorrow night, Beyond Blue will be holding a special charity event with 100% of all door proceeds and 50% of all bar proceedings going to the organisation to help those struggling with depression.
If there’s anything I’ve learnt about depression, having seen my friends go through it, is that depression is something that affects at least one person in most of our lives. Most people go on fighting it by themselves and think they are alone in their struggle. But even when they think they’ve overcome it, it can come back…
To be held at Sydney’s GoodGod Small Club (55 Liverpool Street, Chinatown), it is hoped that the special event will increase awareness of the condition amongst our younger generations and in turn take a small step in helping those with the mental illness get the help and support they deserve.
Beyond Blue Mission Statement:
“Our mission is to provide a national focus and community leadership to increase the capacity of the broader Australian community to prevent depression and respond effectively. We aim to build a society that understands and responds to the personal and social impact of depression, works actively to prevent it, and improves the quality of life for everyone affected.”