Ross is on the board of ACE National, the peak body for Australia’s disability employment services, and I am an ambassador for this same organization. In fact, I was formerly a client of one its member agencies several years ago in Canberra.
I tried to use my personal experience to raise awareness of recovery; identify that there are a variety of paths to employment, including doing volunteer work and returning to education; and also discussed the important issue of self-disclosure in the workplace and life.
At the same time, I also used the public platform to stress that one symptom of severe depression is a false sense of hopelessness and that the only essential ingredient for recovery is life itself.
However, I did not effectively address the common false belief respecting mental illness and violence. Upon reflection, I wish that I had specifically discussed research related to this matter which is available on Sane Australia’s website (fact sheet).
Hopefully I will get another chance in the future to address this important issue in the media.
Live and learn.