SANE Australia congratulated Silverchair frontman Daniel Johns for speaking out about his battle with anorexia nervosa and depression.
Catapulted into worldwide fame in the mid 1990s when he was just 16 years old, Johns' depression and anorexia began to surface soon after. By the time he was 22 years old he was battling depression, while the band's fourth album was receiving worldwide accolades.
Appearing on ABC TV's ' Enough Rope' with Andrew Denton on 7 June 2004, Johns discussed his struggle with anorexia.
‘It felt like everything was so out of control around me. And it's kind of weird 'cause I'd never have guessed that I would be someone that would...have that as a big part of my life, know what I mean?’ said Johns.
When asked to explain how he started on the road to recovery, Johns admits he isn’t sure. 'I still don't know... how I pulled myself out of it. I think I definitely got scared by the second or third time a doctor told me I was dying. And I got scared that I would have blackouts and wake up two hours later not knowing how I got to the top of the stairs and not knowing why I was asleep at the top of them. So I guess that scared me…’
Professional help and antidepressant medication combined with support from his friends and family helped start Johns on the road to recovery.
In 2004 Silverchair were nominated in the ‘Song of the Year category for the APRA awards.