Openness, personal and community action

For those folks who don’t think social networks are real life …

One of my Twitter buddies, @mspecht, has been very brave and open, sharing about his personal experience of depression that led him to take some positive action.
He set up Blue Day 2008 and asked people to participate in marking this day to help with building:
  • awareness of depression & mental illness, and
  • understanding that this can happen to any of us

Michael, good on you for taking the step of sharing your journey and thanks for asking us to participate. It is good to note that members of the Sydney tech (@STUB, Silicon Beach etc) community got together on Friday night with a Blue Day theme.

And, a final word from Michael: “One last comment. If you are suffering, even if you don’t think you have depression but are just down, reach out and talk to someone. If you are in Australia and in need of urgent help contact Beyond Blue, in other countries reach out and contact your local support groups before it is too late.”

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.