7 revelations from the Malcolm Turnbull interview with Leigh Sales on ABC.

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“I’d never given much thought to mental health before. I’d been aware that, you know, people have mental health issues, but I’d never really thought about it a lot. And I felt myself – I felt these thoughts of death, of  self-destruction, coming into my mind unbidden and unwanted. And I couldn’t get them out of my mind and I got sicker and sicker and sicker. It was a terrible time.”

It was at this time he announced his retirement from politics before realising he’d made a mistake. He quickly returned as a way to pull himself up out of the depression, even though it meant plastering on a fake smile every day.

“The moment I made that announcement, I knew it was a mistake. I then changed my mind, and ran again and I ran again in large part to survive, because I felt this was something I could do to claw my way out of this terrible hole, this black hole I’d found…

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