Julia Gillard recently made public her struggle with mental health in the course of her political career, divulging how she had to put up with stress and mistreatment on social media.
Ms Gillard confessed that her time in Canberra was full of troubles thanks to multiple “moments of extremely high pressure and stress.” Julia was on Monday appointed to chair the Charity BeyondBlue.
She even added while taking to one Channel 7 journalist that she had to be particularly cautious about her mental health.
“You could occasionally log in to your social media account only to find certain fearful posts about yourself. The damaging content forced me to make very deliberate decisions on the amount of the offensive content that I block to prevent it getting to my head, as opposed to letting everything get in. Such bad content would profoundly impact me negatively”, she said in a statement.
Kelvin Rudd triumphed over Ms Gillard as prime minister in the year 2013. His win marked the climax of a busy period in Australian politics during which fierce internal battles caused divisions that eventually broke the labour government into pieces.
Julia was the first, and only Australia’s prime minister and hence met sexism and misogyny from right left and centre. Some even threatened her with violence and rape.
She made her candid and bold revelations on her own mental health struggles while succeeding Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett as the head of charity beyondblue.
Ms Gillard agreed a lot still needs to be done by the relevant authorities to end the stigma that surrounds depression and anxiety the disorders that affect about three million Australian citizens. The stigma forces the affected individuals to hide their condition making it hard for anyone who would like to provide assistance to step in.
She further explained that if we all work together, we have the potential to not only improve but also save lives. Ms Gillard adds there is an urgent need to change the way we talk, think and address mental health and suicide acts.
Ms Gillard also said the organisation would focus its efforts, time and resources towards reducing stress and anxiety alongside any other activity that is instrumental in the prevention of suicide. Beyondblues promises to do everything possible to prevent suicide.
Any reader looking for expert support and information on how to prevent suicide can reach the organization through the Lifeline 131 114.