You're a champion mate, there definitely is room for more awareness of depression, as it's not a logical condition.
A glaring aspect of depression which isn't known to those who don't suffer from it, is that there may be no desire to do what we love doing, or be alongside who we really love. I can also attest that I haven't met a person with depression that I haven't liked/loved.
A big kiss & hug from me to Pam, who obviously understands, loves, & is there for you.
We are both very lucky blokes to have the support of lovely wives.
@andymann, me too. Perhaps working/creating with our hands is something we've discovered to be helpful - I know I have. I will never let depression define me. I am so much more than my illness. And on a lighter note - a hike around my Bunnings store always makes my heart sing. Cheers.
Thanks for all your posts. As this discussion has now strayed away from John's original question I have closed it from new comments. John, feel free to start a new discussion if you want further advice and suggestions about your proposed outdoor kitchen.
I also wanted to remind Workshop members that support is always available for anyone who ever feels distressed.
The following services are available for Australian community members:
Lifeline - 24 hour telephone counselling - 131 114
beyondblue – Immediate support and information about depression, anxiety and related substance abuse disorders, treatments and help - 1300 224 636
SANE Helpline - mental illness information, support and referral - 1800 187 263
Salvation Army - 24 hour telephone counselling - 1300 363 622
Men’s Line Australia - 24 hour telephone counselling - 1300 789 978
Kids Helpline - under 18 years of age - 1800 551 800
ReachOut - Support for young people