16 November 2004

Call for essays: A history of the 'Black Dog'

Writing Competition: A history of 'Black Dog'

Applications Close: Monday, January 31, 2005
Employer/Organisation: Black Dog
Web Site: www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
Location: National

The Black Dog Institute is holding a writing competition to help uncover the history of the term 'black dog' as a description for depression. We invite you to participate!

A number of people who have first-hand experience of depression have described their depression as a 'black dog'— famous among them was Winston Churchill, who used the term 'black dog' to describe the crippling depression he suffered throughout his lifetime. It is thought that the term has even earlier origins.

Entries are to be in the form of a written essay (of between 1500 and 5000 words) and must address the history of 'black dog' as a term used to describe depression.

Prizes will be awarded for the 3 best entry essays:
1st place - $5000; 2nd place - $3000; 3rd place - $1500

The closing date for receipt of entry essays is 31 January 2005 .

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