A recent survey has revealed that intolerance towards depression and anxiety in Australia has gone down over the past decade.
But according to Kate Carnell, CEO of Beyondblue which conducted the survey, more awareness needs to be spread and more effort is needed to educate Australians about mental illness.
AdvertisementThe statement was made keeping in mind the survey which stated that one out of four persons still believe that people with severe depression were unpredictable, a danger to others and "should pull themselves together".
The number of respondents who believed in the "unpredictable theory" has decreased by 10 per cent as compared to the 2004 survey.
According to the recent 2012 survey, one in 10 persons said that people suffering from severe depression were themselves responsible for their state and one in seven said they were "weak willed".
One-third of participants said they had problems in marrying someone with depression.
Carnell said it was encouraging to see that people's attitude has improved a lot since the first Depression Monitor survey in 2004. Over 2 million Australians have a form of anxiety and around 1 million live with depression. Carnell said, "We need people to be able to put up their hand early and say I'm struggling."
Of 64 per cent Australians who said they or a family member had experienced depression, 27 per cent had received help in the past 12 months.