Walk to talk about ‘the black dog’
Depression is often referred to as ‘the black dog’, and after a dark battle of his own, Massimo Iustini was inspired to help others.
Mr Iustini is a founding member of Black Dog On A Lead – an organisation which will hold a community walk next month to encourage people to ‘share stories, experiences and talk about depression openly’.
‘I definitely think it is getting better, over the past 10 to 15 years, [the stigma] is reducing, but I still think we have a way to go,’ he told 6PR’s Chris Ilsley.
‘Having suffered depression myself, and still battling through it, I know I found it hard to open up about my illness – even to people who were really close to me, like my family and friends.’
Tha Black Dog On A Lead Walkathon will take place at Bibra Lake Reserve on Sunday 18 October. All proceeds will be donated to mental health charity Beyond Blue.
Listen to the full interview below:
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