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The black dog and me

Mark Pacitti was in Tatura on Tuesday to talk about his book Dancing With The Black Dog, which addresses his personal issue with depression.

March 12, 2014 4:55am

Mark Pacitti addressed Tatura Men’s Shed members on Tuesday afternoon.


He was invited to talk to Tatura Men’s Shed members (about 30) in the afternoon, before his main session at the Ballantyne Centre in the evening, which was well attended.

Mr Pacitti is an expat Scot of Italian descent, who was born in Glasgow and has been living in Melbourne since 1998.

At the two sessions, Mr Pacitti spoke of his personal demons and by sharing his experiences aimed to encourage other sufferers of mental illness to take action against their own inner demons.

He aims to eradicate the stigma of mental illness, as well as showing how it is possible to live a life far more enjoyable, far more normal than even he once thought was possible — a life free of the grip of the black dogs of anxiety and depression.

‘‘By using light-hearted everyday language, I also hope to help non-sufferers of mental illness understand what it is like to suffer,’’ he said.

Mr Pacitti spoke of life growing up in Scotland and attending school where he was bullied as a child, through his blackest days, to today.

While he is still taking medication for his depression, which he said was not always the answer for some people, taking action was the best thing he ever did.

‘‘After my visits to the psychologist I feel fully energised. I feel stronger and wiser everyday but still have good and bad days,’’ he said.

Mr Pacitti was happy to respond to questions about the book, his depression and depression in general, with no shortage of takers.

‘‘So whether you have danced with the black dogs of anxiety and depression, or you know someone who dances with them, and struggle yourself to understand and therefore sympathise, Dancing With The Black Dog may be just the read for you,’’ he said.

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