On Monday, Beyondblue announced the results of its triennial Depression Monitor. The survey, which interviews around 3000 Australians, seeks to track the public understanding of mental illness; the methodological assumption being that “awareness” of mental illness leads to better management of mental illness.
This truth appears to us manifest: awareness of depressive illness will have positive outcomes. If we talk about it and learn to recognise its symptoms, we are likely to be encouraged ourselves — or to encourage others — to seek treatment. A key aim of Beyondblue is to raise “awareness” of depression by diminishing its “stigma“.