It’s time we improved our attitude on mental health issues

First published in The Armidale Express on 14th March 2012.

My generation lives in a time where most archaic, restrictive and damaging social norms have fallen by the wayside or been consigned to the dustbin of history.

There’s less pressure on men to be the blokey, blue-collar, beer-swilling larrikin who represented the ideal, average Australian male for years, while the current prime minister, governor-general, two state premiers and numerous business leaders have shown young women the fight for equality has come a long way.

Yet despite efforts by governments, charities and community groups, society as a whole remains reluctant to embrace change in one vital area: discussion of mental health issues such as depression. Read more of this post