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
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.
Workers from charitable organisation People Supporting People are warning Shepparton residents to keep an eye out for a woman falsely claiming to be collecting donations on their behalf.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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