The human cost

04 May

Jim Belshaw has been taking a break from regular blogging partly to write a valuable series on Values, Culture and Depression on his Managing the Professional Services Firm site. I hope he explores this further.

See also Brogden speaks about depression battle.

MARK COLVIN: The former leader of the New South Wales Opposition, John Brogden, today spoke publicly for the first time about his suicide attempt.

Speaking as the patron of New South Wales Lifeline, John Brogden said that he had had undiagnosed depression for a decade before he attempted to end his life on the night of the 30th of August 2005.

That was just a day after he resigned and apologised for inappropriate behaviour towards a woman journalist and for insulting the wife of the then premier Bob Carr.

While not wishing to discuss politics today, Mr Brogden spoke to Simon Lauder about his battle with depression.

JOHN BROGDEN: I understand what it’s like to be in such a dark place that taking your own life is the only way out and I understand how hard it is to come back from that. How, people saying to you, ‘Don’t worry it’ll all get better,’ actually sounds like an insult. It actually sounds as if your intelligence and emotions are being insulted because from where you are at that time it is impossible to imagine how you might come back…


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3 responses to “The human cost

  1. Jim Belshaw

    May 4, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    Thank you for the plug Neil. And for this general story, part of which I will pinch.

    I cannot do much about the general problem of depression. I can try to argue for more professional management responses to the problem.

  2. Davo

    May 5, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    Would be nice, sometimes, to just curl up in a foetal ball, pull the doona over head, go to sleep – and wake up in someplace nice. Doesn’t happen in real life, so just keep plodding along.

  3. ninglun

    May 5, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Me too, Davo.

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