Living With a Black Dog

Living With a Black Dog

By Matthew & Ainsley Johnstone   

Millions of people will suffer from depression at some stage in their life.  When the Black Dog comes to live with us, it also moves in with our loved ones – who may not have the tools to help and support us while looking after their own wellbeing.

‘Living With A Black Dog’ is Matthew and Ainsley Johnstone’s illustrated, must-have guide for the partners, family, friends and colleagues of depression sufferers.  It includes practical advice about recognising the symptoms of depression in a loved one, living with a depressed person and helping them to tame their Black Dog.

Matthew and Ainsley also provide tips on self-preservation for carers, so they don’t come to adopt a Black Dog of their own.


Matthew Johnstone is a highly regarded artist, writer, and exhibited photographer who has worked to train his own “Black Dog” for more than 20 years. New Zealand born, Matthew worked in advertising in San Francisco and New York before moving to Sydney, Australia, where he now lives with his wife Ainsley and their daughters.

Matthew and Ainsley, who has lived with Matthew’s black dog for many years, wrote this book together.

Matthew speaks often to community groups throughout Australia and has presented with our dNet Founder, Leanne, at a number of ‘get togethers’ to increase awareness of depression organised by ‘people like us’ in rural areas of Australia .


Available from all major bookshops in Australia or online from Boomerang Books

Published by:  Pan McMillan Australia

ISBN: 978-0-330-42371-7

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