Dedicated to a mentally healthier world.





The Garden City Gala's mission is to inspire people to recognise mental illness and take action against it, especially in the workplace. We want to keep reducing the stigma, help people seek treatment and see a clear path forward to recovery.


Introducing: The Black Dog Institute.

The Black Dog Institute was founded in 2002 and is internationally recognised as a pioneer in the identification, prevention and treatment of mental illness, and the promotion of wellbeing.

They aim to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through the rapid translation of high quality research into improved clinical treatments, increased accessibility to mental health services and delivery of long-term public health solutions.

Their unique approach incorporates clinical services with cutting-edge research, health professional training and community education programs. They combine expertise in clinical management with innovative research to develop new, and more effective strategies for people living with mental illness. The Black Dog Institute also places emphasis on teaching people to recognise the symptoms of poor mental health in themselves and others, as well as providing them with the right psychological tools to hold the black dog at bay.

The Black Dog Institute works directly in all parts of the community as well as guiding the development of new and improved policy. They place focus on those with specific mental health needs like young people, Indigenous communities, men, and high-risk workforces.

Their primary areas of mental health research and treatment include: depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, workplace mental health, adolescents and young people, suicide prevention, e-mental health, and positive psychology and wellbeing.



Depression is a common medical condition. It can cause a low mood that doesn't go away and makes us feel very sad or withdrawn. It interferes with the way we go about our everyday lives and can make it hard to cope.

Some people describe it as being in a really dark place that's difficult to come back from. Others describe it as a numb feeling.

It's important to get help to manage depression. There are lots of ways to treat it, and you can feel better.

'What is depression | Black Dog Institute . 2017. What is depression | Black Dog Institute . [ONLINE] Available at:'.




Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed.

Anxiety is when these anxious feelings don't go away – when they're ongoing and happen without any particular reason or cause. It’s a serious condition that makes it hard to cope with daily life. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone experiencing anxiety, these feelings aren't easily controlled.

Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.

Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get support, the more likely they are to recover. 

'What is anxiety | Black Dog Institute . 2017. What is anxiety | Black Dog Institute . [ONLINE] Available at:'



The Stigma:

People with depression and anxiety, and their family and friends, experience significant levels of stigma and discrimination. The stigma associated with depression and anxiety is complex – the level, type and experience of stigma and discrimination may be influenced by factors such as the condition itself, the age and gender of the person, culture, and the beliefs and language used to describe and explain mental health conditions. People with depression and anxiety report that the stigma and discrimination they experience may be worse than their mental health condition(s).

The stigma associated with depression and anxiety includes three components – problems of knowledge (ignorance or misinformation), problems of attitude (prejudice), and problems of behaviour (discrimination).  Improving one component may not necessarily impact on the other components. A comprehensive response to stigma is therefore needed, to address all three components.

There are different types of stigma associated with depression and anxiety. This includes:

  • personal stigma ‐ a person’s stigmatising attitudes and beliefs about other people (“People with depression should snap out of it.”)
  • perceived stigma ‐ a person’s beliefs about the negative and stigmatising views that other people hold (“Most people believe that a person with depression should snap out of it.”)
  • self‐stigma ‐ the stigmatising views that individuals hold about themselves (“I should be able to snap out of my depression.”)

There is some evidence that there are improvements in the stigma associated with depression and anxiety. However, recent research indicates that it still exists, and it continues to have a significant impact on people’s lives ‐ the greatest impact is on personal relationships and employment

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“The worst part about depression is those that don't have it, just don't get it.”