The awful stigma that is depression, so many of us males think it is soft to admit that we can't cope with every day things, and so we deny it, and it gets worse, then we drink.
Good on ya Geoff, whilst I don't agree with your politics I feel that the your bravery and integrity have shown through.
I know the feeling of hopelessness, and it ain't so funny.
If you feel that you identify with some of the know symptoms of depression, don't wait, visit www.beyondblue.com.au
and get some answers and if needs be, some help.