You might think that those in the political arena are free from mental health issues, but that is not often the case as with Julia Gillard. Recently, she has been on record disclosing her struggle with mental health and further revealed how she has managed to cope up with stress as abuses from social media.
Ms. Gillard, who is also the chair of the Charity Beyond Blue, revealed that most of her years in Canberra were not easy; she had to battle with lots of pressure and stress. During one of the interviews on Channel 7, she said that she had to think more about her mental health.
Here is what she had to say, “You could look at the social media, and you will be surprised to see dreadful things about you. As for me, I had to make some conscious decisions as far as how much of what I see on those social media platforms can be locked out of my head; instead of allowing this information to have effects on your mind.”
As we all know, up to 2013, Ms. Gillard was working as a prime minister before handing over to Kevin Rudd. As a result of leadership changing hands in Australian politics, there was serious divide and bitter infighting in the Labor government.
As Australia’s first and perhaps the only female prime minister, she faced several challenges including misogyny, sexism, and even threats of rape and violence.
Her latest open remark about her battle with mental health comes as she takes over the helm of leadership at Beyondblue succeeding Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett.
Ms. Gillard has openly said that there is a very long way to go in a bid to address the stigma surrounding anxiety and depression, conditions that affect over three million people living in Australia.
“If work we can work together, I have no doubt that we can save, improve, and change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people with mental health related issues,” she said in one of her statement.
She further said that people suffering from mental health related issues often think of suicide. Therefore, preventing suicide will be one of the key focuses for the organisation in the upcoming years.
Currently, more than three thousand Australians die every year as result of committing suicide. On average, according to BeyongBlue, about eight people die each day.
If you are seeking for more information and support about how to prevent suicide or any other mental health related queries, feel free to contact lifeline on this number: 13 11 14