Big Day Out band competition a plus for youth mental health
Laura Kelly, 24, is typical of thousands of young Australians in that she loves music. But there's another less talked-about way in which she is like her peers - she has battled debilitating depression for years. And like so many, that illness has almost claimed her life on two occasions.
''I've had some really, really dark times,'' Ms Kelly says. ''[What is difficult is] the irrationality of [depression], how terrifying it can be, how it takes over your life and overrides your logical brain. And how quickly it can do that.