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·         Broken Open, a book by ABC Radio Sports Broadcaster Craig Hamilton, who tells the story o his recovery from bipolar disorder following his breakdown in the run up to the Olympic Games in Sydney.


·         Back from the Brink, Famous Australians tell their stories of their battles with depression – by Graeme Cowan. Includes interviews with Geoff Gallop, Petria Thomas, Margaret Olley, John Konrads, Les Murray, LeannePethick and other inspirational testimonies. Published by Bird in Hand Media (2007), distributed in Australia by Gary Allen. For information and ordering phone 02 9725 2933 or Email - mailto:customerservice@garyallen.com.au


·         The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Our family’s journey with bipolar, by former Today Show presenter Jessica Rowe and her mother Penelope. Published by Allen & Unwin.


·         More than Just the Blues: Understanding serious teenage problems – a resource for parents and young people by Dr Joseph Rey.


·         Living Deaththe story of a mother’s journey after her son suicides. By Janis Tait. Published by Indra Publishin (2005). 


·         Forget the Former a creative depiction of the author’s struggle with and recovery from bipolar disorder. By Leigh Allison. Published by Gazelle Press (2005)


·         Beyond Therapy the sequel to The Other Side of the Looking Glass, where the author offers ideas to people living with depression on how to gain control of the illness, based on his own experience. By Tony DeLorger.Published by ARD Press (2005).


·          I had a Black Dog, his name was Depression by Matthew Johnstone. An illustrated guide to one man’s experience of living with the ‘black dog’ of depression. Printed by Pan McMillan Australia, St. Martins Tower, 31 Market Street, Sydney.


·          If Only: Personal Stories of Loss Through Suicide. A collection of deeply personal stories from people who have lost a family member or loved one through suicide. They tell of the tragic loss of children, partners, parents and siblings, and relate the difficulties and struggles experienced as will as the profound pain and despair that may be encountered in grief. UWA Press. 35 Stirling Highway, The University of Western Australia, Crawley WA 6009


·         Emotional SOS By Damian Mason. “The only textbook that Damian Mason has followed for his book Emotional SOS is that of his life experiences. This is self-help from an intensely personal perspective – he has been through tough times and come through the other side a stronger human. He focuses on controlling what you can control and concentrating on the most important relationship that we all have, that with ourselves”. – JOHN EALES (Australia’s most successful Wallaby Captain). * For ordering or information about the author, visit www.emotionalsos.com.au or www.seekbooks.com.au


·          Understanding Depression by health writer and broadcaster Maria Prendergast. This book examines the definition, diagnosis, types and effects of depression, as well as exploring the many treatment and recovery options. It also includes a number of interviews with people who have experienced depression. Published by Penguin Australia. 



*Disclaimer The books & literature listed above is provided for informational purposes only. ‘Kick Off’ does not seek to endorse nor promote any of these materials or their respective authors. 



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