Warragul South dairy farmer, Joe Meggetto found himself with mental health challenges after bottling up the stress of his work for years. After contemplating suicide, the Gippsland father of three finally confided in his loved ones and sought help from his GP to address his depression. While he still has his dark days, Joe is now a passionate believer in early intervention and encouraging others to seek help with mental health problems.
The people profiled in It’s Time to Talk about Mental Health have offered up their stories to illustrate to others how we are all affected by different mental health challenges, and to offer hope to anyone who may be struggling.
Almost half of all Victorians will experience mental illness in their lifetime but too many people don’t speak up for fear of stigma and discrimination. It’s time to start a new conversation – mental health is something which affects us all.
You can find more information on the series, as well as resources and information at The Better Health Channel https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ or searching #timetotalkvic.
If you or someone you know needs support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636.
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