Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Michael Tells of His Battle

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Michael Tells of His Battle

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Arthur Gorrie

SEVERE depression is a burden and even a threat for far more people than realise it, Gympie rugby league identity Michael Torrens said this week.

Mr Torrens revealed his battle with what he says can be more than a dark mood and even a threat to life.

And it doesn't matter what your external circumstances are.

"Robin Williams couldn't take it anymore. Like a lot of people, he self-medicated with alcohol and drugs. Some people just never get their mind into that happy place.

"The darkness never lifts," he said.

Mr Torrens has a lot of energy for a person suffering such a debilitating condition, working full time and being vice president of Seniors Rugby League, manager for the A-grade team, the under-18s and juniors and active in promoting and fundraising for the sport.

He says sporting activities can give people a chance to help those who may be suffering a crisis or who may suffer more permanent difficulties.

Suicide, he says is the shock that puts doubt into a lot of people's minds. …

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