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The Barry Plant Group will support beyondblue: the national depression initiative to assist with raising awareness for Anxiety and Depression Awareness month in October.

A proud supporter of beyondblue since 2007, the 78-office network will raise public consciousness about anxiety and depression through promotion on community boards, newspaper advertising, brochures and point of sale marketing material.

beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation committed to increasing awareness and understanding of depression and anxiety and reducing the associated stigma.

According to the Barry Plant Group’s Chief Executive Officer Mike McCarthy, the network gains much satisfaction in helping beyondblue which also includes supporting the beyondblue Cup, the AFL match between Hawthorn and Geelong each season.

“Depression is a debilitating illness that affects all ages and all socio-economic groups,” Mr McCarthy said.

“Unfortunately, it seems most people we deal with throughout our network have been touched by someone who has suffered from depression or have been personally affected. That is the reason we are passionate about supporting the cause.”

beyondblue Chief Executive Officer, Leonie Young, welcomed the continued support of the Barry Plant Group.

“There are easy and effective ways to help raise awareness of depression and anxiety. Sometimes the simplest acts have the greatest impact – just talking openly about anxiety and depression helps reduce the stigma.

It’s our aim to make sure no-one is left in the dark about depression and anxiety. We thank the Barry Plant Group and everyone involved in Anxiety and Depression Awareness month. Let’s hope this year’s event will be the biggest and most successful yet,” said Ms Young.

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 provides the community with an opportunity to find out more about the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression and where to seek help.

There are many ways schools, workplaces and individuals can become involved. To find out more about Anxiety and Depression Awareness month call the beyondblue information line on 1300 22 4636 or visit www.beyondblue.org.au.