Monday 18 December 2017

Gillard 'worried' about Trump's mental health

Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard
Former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard

FORMER Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has weighed in on the debate about Donald Trump's mental health, claiming that there is "genuine concern for the president".

Speaking to ABC's 'Lateline', Ms Gillard warned about the dangers of attempting to judge a person's mental health from the outside, but acknowledged that the US president's public behaviour, such as on Twitter, had caused commentators real concern.

"I would worry that a charge of being mentally ill ended up being thrown around as an insult - that would worry me," she told the programme. "But I do think if President Trump continues with some of the tweeting, etc, that we've seen, that this will be in the dialogue."

Ms Gillard, who chairs the mental health charity Beyond Blue, also spoke about her own experience of anxiety while serving as prime minister. She said that experiencing moments of anxiety is common and that she made an effort to protect her own mental health while in "the rigours of public life", especially while being the subject of negative headlines.

Irish Independent

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