beyondblue: the national depression initiative is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to provide a national focus and community leadership to increase the Australian publics capacity to prevent depression and respond effectively.
Depression is more than just a low mood: it’s a serious illness that can have a significant effect on physical and mental health.
Now in its fifth year, Anxiety and Depression Awareness month has become an important mental health awareness event in Australia's health calendar. Having supported the initiative since 2007, the Barry Plant Group will once again team up with beyondblue this October to help raise public awareness about depression.
Around one million people in Australia live with depression and a further two million have an anxiety disorder, yet less than half seek help. Anxiety and Depression Awareness month is an important event which allows the community an opportunity to find out more about the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression and where to get help. It is important to encourage people to talk openly about their mental health in order to minimise the stigma associated with it, as well as educating people on how to help and support people who are affected by depression and anxiety.
During the month of October, the Barry Plant Group will take every opportunity to promote beyondblue through their marketing collateral. Every Barry Plant office will have a range of beyondblue brochures and information available for the public to pick up.
There are many ways schools, workplaces and individuals can become involved with Anxiety and Depression Awareness month. Order your FREE information kits now. Kits are available for individuals and workplaces and include beyondblue posters, shopping bags, fact sheets, fridge magnets, wristbands and more!
Through such initiatives, beyondblue aims to build a society that understands and responds to the social impact of depression, works actively to prevent it, and improves the quality of life for everyone affected. To find out more about Anxiety and Depression Awareness month, or to order information kits, call the beyondblue info line on 1300 22 46 36 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au.