Depression is a serious issue and one that most feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about. Given Australia’s “tough” persona and British stiff upper lip heritage it’s almost surprising anyone talks about it at all but most of us would know several people who do or have suffered depression at some stage of their lives. If such a thing can be quantified it’s even sadder to see the signs of depression in youth.
In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue and in an attempt to educate and remove the stigma attached to it 24-year-old Canberran and Theology student Amy Banson is embarking on a trek next month starting in Perth and concluding back here in Canberra 4,000km later.
The trek is sponsored by the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research who will be producing DVD’s to send to schools around Australia;
“The DVDs are designed to be watched by students fortnightly so they can learn about depression and keep up to date with Ms Banson’s journey, which will also be logged on the internet.”
Amy has previously completed a fund raising walk for brain injury victims and their families, walking from Brisbane to Canberra. Amy was inspired to do so by the death of hit and run victim Clea Rose, having been a witness to the tragic incident and being one of the people who cared for her prior to the ambulance arriving.