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You don't "have" depression. You survive it.

You remember the band Savage Garden. The boys who brought us hits like “I knew I loved you before I met you” and “Animal Song”. They were great in the ’90s.

The other day, Savage Garden singer Darren tweeted this:

I clicked so fast on the link I nearly fell of my sofa.

It took me to a video starring a man called Andrew Solomon. And it’s the most powerful explanation of depression I’ve ever seen. You need to see it.

Watching it made me cry, laugh, and fist-pump the air.

I sent the link immediately to my mum, dad, sister and boyfriend with the message: “Watch this is you want to understand what I’ve lived through.”

If you or anyone you know has survived depression – or more tragically, not – please do the same. In half an hour, Andrew Solomon covers everything I’ve ever wanted anyone to know about depression.

I am so grateful to him for articulating what so many millions of people go through every day, that I honestly would like to find and thank/high-five him.

It’s videos like this that bring us closer to making mental illness, effective treatment, and broader compassion a priority.

Please, watch it and share.

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If you think you may be experiencing depression or another mental health problem, please contact your general practitioner or in Australia, contact Lifeline 13 11 14 for support, beyondblue 1300 22 4636 or SANE Australia for information.