A lot of us trust our doctors to make us healthy, or at least to cure our illnesses. But can they make us happy? According to the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health, one in two Australians will experience a mental health disorder at some point in their lives. Research organisations and support networks like Beyond Blue and the Black Dog Institute, are working to destigmatise depression and mental illness.
As a society, we’re talking about depression and mental illness more than we ever have, but are we getting any better at treating it? Bec Fary looks at the treatment of mental illness in Australia.
This episode was produced as part of the SYN Summer Series.
Episode Producer: Bec Fary
Presenters: Michael Brydon & Pip Rasmussen
Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan
Music Credits: ‘Leafo Stills’ and ‘Beach Collage’ by Jai Leeworthy, ‘Frontier Psychiatrist’ by The Avalanches
Image Credit: hitthatswitch
Illustrations by Rose Randall