I was researching depression again a few weeks ago when I came across an article written by Osher Gunsberg. Now for some of you, you may wonder who is this person, I’ve never heard of him in my life. Well, you may remember that he is the host on The Bachelor in Australia. This is a very big deal. I actually knew of him long long ago when he was a guy with long hair into heavy metal on a FOXTEL music channel, Channel V. We met as I attended Fox Studio’s in Sydney whilst I was on a holiday so I have my obligatory happy snap taken with him. At that time I thought that all we had in common was our love of music, but little did I know that in the future, in 2015 to be exact we would both experience a mental breakdown within the same year. I read the article, titled ‘the day I lost my mind’ and it was like he was describing what had happened to me. I felt so overwhelmed and astonished that he could speak out so freely about something I had felt ashamed of and kept only to my immediate family. I felt something shift within me, a change, I could actually speak about this.
I discovered that Osher was involved with SANE Australia so I went on the forums and met some of the most incredibly generous and supportive people. We each had our story and were happy to help other people out, people who were at different stages in their journey with their mental health. It seems that so many people are speaking out about mental health now, but I find the gap that is missing is telling people what they can expect from the point where they attend their GP (Doctor), through to getting a mental health care plan and what a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Counsellor, Art Therapist or Hypnotist will do. That is where The Depressed Caravan comes in, my website The Depressed Caravan.net explains these things in simple language so that it can easily be understood. I want to help people to navigate their way through the mental health system so that they can achieve mental wellness ( I still want to achieve mental wellness for myself!!). People like Osher speaking out inspire everyday people like me with depression that there is nothing to be ashamed of. So yes Osher, Yes I will accept this rose. LOL!!!