Chapter 2 – Depression

DEAN FAUNT: I don’t think you really
feel it while you’re over there because you’re on it all the time, so you seem to sleep OK, ’cause you’re
knackered by the end of the day, but when you get home,
it’s when it probably sets in. (Laughs) Good game, mate. Maybe you’re ready for lawn bowls,
eh, Nugget? MARK KELLY: Close friends will obviously
be the first to identify that someone is not the same. They’re reacting to small incidents
in an aggressive manner or something, which would clearly be indicators that someone is dealing with an issue. DANNIELLE KITCHEN: I refused to sleep in
my bed, so I was sleeping in the floor, in my own house. I had people looking after my dogs
because I couldn’t move. DANE CHRISTISON: I got to a stage
where nothing at all felt exciting. I couldn’t be happy about anything. I felt like I was going to
break into tears all the time. I didn’t know what was happening to me, and I was completely ashamed of
who I was and how I was feeling. JACKIE NOONE: His friend told me,
‘This is what Dane does. He goes through moments
where he gets really depressed and he’ll call off work for about a week and then, a week later, he’ll be fine,
and act like nothing ever happened,’ and that’s just how Dane was. JULIE BLACKBURN: If you think
about a piece of steel, if you add enough heat
to a piece of steel, it’s going to buckle as well. So even the strongest will break, and I think it’s hard then
to accept that you break, because you’ve been so tough
and so strong that you see that as
a weakness in yourself. DANE: If you’re dealing
with these issues and you feel as though you’re not
getting in control of them – you’re saying that you are,
but they’re unravelling, trust me, your life will start to
unravel in a negative form. (Crickets chirp) CINDY CHAWNER: For me,
I know if I’m not sleeping. I know if I’m not concentrating. There’s little things that I know that, when I see them coming my way, that unless I get on top of them sooner, that I will be back under
that great big, black cloud. I said to the doctor, ‘Mate,
I can’t do this anymore. I need something. I’m at the bottom,
and I can’t go any lower.’ (Water drips) You alright? Can’t keep up. What? I’ll be right. Come and have a brew. I was tough as bricks. You still are. People, if they do feel depressed, you know, and really get at a bad stage, need to reach out to their partner. The key to making that first step is to actually talk to someone, whether it be
a mental health professional, whether it be a family member, a friend, a 1800 number. And support’s out there.
You know, you’re not alone. It may feel like you’re alone and every situation
is definitely different, but you just need to understand
everyone’s going through the same thing. There’s different influences,
left, right and centre. But at the end of the day, it’s going to be OK – it has to be OK.

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