Betty Kitchener AM and Prof. Tony Jorm - Depression (Part Two)

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This Week on Wellbeing we are joined by Betty Kitchener and Prof. Anthony Jorm. This is the second instalment in our series on depression. Betty is a former nurse and now internationally recognised mental health educator, having held appointments at Australian Nation University, University Melbourne and Deakin University. She received an order of Australia medal in 2008. Tony is an Emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne's School of Population and Global Health. They are husband and wife and in 2000, together developed the teaching program called Mental Health First Aid. The training teaches people how to offer initial support until appropriate professional help is received, or until the crisis resolves. Since its formation, Mental Health First Aid has become an international teaching tool used in the mental health field. They are both here today to share their perspectives on depression, Tony from his clinical perspective as a professor and Betty from her personal perspective having gone through depression herself.

In this episode Tony and Betty talk about what depression is, the types of depression, how it feels in the people who have it, the prevalence of depression, how to approach talking about depression and self-harm with those going though like thoughts, and the formation of mental health first aid.

"At the milder end of the continuum, people use self-help methods, and these can be very helpful; for many people that will be enough to bring their mood back to a more usual level."  - Prof. Anthony Jorm on this episode of Wellbeing 

Tune in next week when we talk with someone who has gone through a depression journey 

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Hosted and Produced by Jack Hodgins 
Wellbeing website: https://www.2nurfm.com.au/wellbeing

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