Do you really know what depression is? This black dog is going to make things a lot clearer for you…


A big black dog, following us like a shadow. It bites you, sticks to you… Maybe you’ll recognize something or someone in this video? And if you do, know that you’re not alone.

Matthew Johnstone is an Australian author and illustrator, who writes based largely on his own life experiences, with a style that is simple, fresh and profound despite the difficulty of some subjects.
“I Had a Black Dog”, published in 2005, is his first book. He explains what it is like to suffer from depression… and the result is a real breath of fresh air!

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This video was produced in partnership with the WHO, the World Health Organization. It uses Matthew Johnstone’s illustrations and text to address this message that does good.

If you have any questions about depression, whether you suffer from it yourself or know someone who does, feel free to share this video!

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