Last night, the Barker community, parents, staff and students enjoyed a very ‘real’ presentation from ABC Sports Broadcaster, Craig Hamilton who shared the story of his battle with depression nearly 15 years ago and the importance of seeking help and having the conversation when in need. Matthew Macoustra, our Deputy Head introduced Craig, recounting the many Saturday afternoons spent listening to Craig as part of the ABC radio ‘Grandstand’ team.
A small poll of the audience from Craig early into the evening highlighted that everyone in the room was associated with, or knew of someone who had experienced depression in various forms. Similarly, Craig informed the audience that more people die from issues related to depression than the total number killed in car accidents around Australia each year. His talk was highly personal and reflective while also allowing the audience to ask questions and seek further information about depression and related issues.
Craig referred to various experiences in his career in media and sport, sharing stories about Wayne Bennett and a multitude of different people who have experienced his battle and supported him in his recovery. His reference to the famous Martin Luther King quote “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” certainly reinforced his powerful message of asking for help. Craig has several publications including his recent book A Better Life which is a valuable resource in this area.
If you need further information or support, please contact the following organisations Beyond Blue or Black Dog Institute for assistance. The Barker Institute thanks Craig Hamilton for his presentation and hopes that by bringing this important issue to the stage, others may be prepared to talk about it and seek support if needed.