Johann Hari uncovers the real causes of depression – and the unexpected solutions
From the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs comes a startling challenge to our thinking about depression and anxiety.
Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told – like his entire generation – that his problem was caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate this question – and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong.
Just as Chasing The Scream transformed the global debate about addiction, Lost Connections will lead us to a very different debate about depression and anxiety – one that shows how, together, we can end this epidemic.
‘Lost Connections offers a wonderful and incisive analysis of the depression and alienation that are haunting American society.’ – Hillary Clinton
When: Friday 11 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm
Where: Byron Theatre, 69 Jonson St, Byron Bay. Google Map
Tickets: $20 Members / $25 General
Johann Hari is the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. He was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, Slate, the New Republic and the Nation. He has been awarded the Comment Award for Cultural Commentator of the Year by Editorial Intelligence, and has been named Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. Hari lives in England.
Did you know
40% of the world are suffering from depression and anxiety
1 in 10 people in Australia are taking anti-depressants at any given time
This is one of the highest rates in the world
This has doubled since the year 2000
Nobody can escape: we urinate out so many anti-depressants that they are even in the water supply!
Praise for Lost Connections
Published by Bloomsbury
‘If you have ever been down, or felt lost, this amazing book will change your life. Do yourself a favour – read it now.’– Elton John
‘Lost Connections is an important, convention-challenging, provocative and supremely timely read. It is about time we looked at mental health through the prism of society rather than, simply, medicine. This brilliant book helps us to do that’– Matt Haig
‘Like a secular oracle Johann Hari stands on the periphery observing what is coming. This book is a prescient and compassionate Rosetta Stone for those trying to understand mental illness. Beautiful.’– Russell Brand
‘An exquisitely lucid treatise on why no person is, has been or ever should be an island. This book is the most exciting thing I’ve read this year. From slightly seedy to suicidal – however you are feeling – read this book and it will honestly help you to understand which roads we must walk if we want to see true, lasting change.’– Emma Thompson