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Jen Wight recounts her personal experience of mental illness

October 9, 2013

 

 

* SYDNEY Author Talk

Jen Wight talks on her personal personal anguish with mental illness in her book ‘Day Six’

  • Wednesday 9 October 2013 at 1-2pm
  • Manly Library
  • Free! Bookings required on 9976 1747 

In support of Mental Health Month 2013, Manly Library (Market Lane, Manly) is hosting a talk by author Jen Wight, whose book ‘Day Six’ deals with the personal anguish and wider social devastation caused by mental illness (1-2pm , Wednesday 9 October).

 Jen’s book ‘Day Six’ breaks the taboo around mental ill health by honestly recounting her personal experience of postpartum psychosis followed by severe postnatal depression, giving harrowing account of the impact of her mental illness on her husband and their son.

 “Jen Wight’s story made my hair stand on end,” said Anne Deveson AO, co-founder of Sane Australia and the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

 Jen recounts of being convinced that she was Cameron Diaz; that she and President Obama were going to use Facebook to save the world; and that she was going to cure cerebral palsy with dental floss.

 She hallucinated regressing back through ‘past lives’ to become a sixties housewife, an aboriginal woman living when Captain Cook first sailed through The Heads into Sydney Harbour, and finally the first chimpanzee to communicate with words. And it all started on ‘Day Six’ of her baby son’s life.

 Jen uses her personal experience of mental illness to explore her relationship with her sister who has schizophrenia and to illustrate that while mental illness can be devastating, there is hope that things can get better.

 Jen Wight is an author, writer, charity fundraiser and photographer.  Jen was born in Hackney in East London, she now lives in Fairlight, Sydney with her son, husband and their imaginary dog.

Free! Bookings required on 9976 1747

Manly Library is in Market Lane, behind the Whistler Street car park, in Manly, close to Manly Town Hall.

Mental Health Month is a mental health promotion campaign held in October each year.

This year’s theme is ‘Kindness: little acts, big impacts!’ The theme is a reminder of the importance of kindness and generosity to our mental health and wellbeing, both as givers and receivers of kindness.

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