FDepression is an often-catastrophic affliction that affects millions worldwide. The latest WHO figures reveal that the majority of us will suffer from it from one time or another in our lives. Depression affects the rich and poor, the working class and the famous. Until relatively recently it was shrouded in secrecy, a taboo subject in most societies. But, thank God, times have changed, and now people are more open and transparent about it and its affects. And so I was heartened to read Marian Keyes' comments that she suffered through depression and suicidal thoughts for almost two years.
She's spoken movingly about the many therapies she has tried. I admire Marian for her courage and honesty in speaking so openly of her nightmare. Such openness and public debate is what is needed to help those unfortunate people who suffer with depression. Marian shows that there is light at the end of the darkest tunnel and there is always hope. And that is such a positive message.