Kiwi tradie Dave Burt has admitted that he kept his depression a secret from his family and friends because he “was terrified people would find out.” But not anymore.
Now, Burt is proudly admitting his struggles in a new book entitled ‘Lengthening The Shadow’, telling other men to speak about the state of their mental health.
“I didn’t want to be judged and defined by a mental illness and I didn’t want people to think less of me,” he explained recently. “It was only after my book… was published that I effectively let the cat out of the bag.”
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in December 2018, ““One in ten people had depression (up from 9 per cent in 2014-15) and 6 per cent had both an anxiety-related condition and depression (up from 5 per cent in 2014-15).”
Burt is hoping to change the stigma of “blokes” talking about depression.
“We probably need to redefine the image of what a ‘tough tradie’ is,” he explains. “It can be as easy as taking time out to find out how someone is, even if you feel awkward. As blokes I don’t think we do enough talking.”
Grab a copy of Dave Burt’s Lengthening The Shadow here..