When the dark cloud of depression descended on Kim Hodges, she was completely unprepared.
As a university lecturer and mum of three teenagers with a stable home life, Ms Hodges didn’t think she was the type of person who succumbed to mental illness.
But she, like so many other Australians, fell victim to poor mental health and was hospitalised several times.
Now Ms Hodges has written two books about her experience and is coming to Campbelltown Library to share her story.
“It will be a very educational presentation,” the author said.
“We’ll look at the positive ways people can develop empathy and compassion for those with mental illness.
“We’ll take a look at what it’s like to live with severe depression and bipolar disorder.”
Ms Hodges said she wanted to challenge the stigmas surrounding mental illness.
“It’s not just the homeless people, the drug addicts, or those who seem down and out that suffer from mental health problems,” she said.
“As an academic with a good career, I didn’t think mental illness was in my road.
“It bowled me over.
“But what I found in the hospital, was that most people there were just like me – regular, everyday people.”
Ms Hodges is encouraging everyone to come down and listen to her presentation.
She will talk about her latest book: Girl Over the Edge.
Both the book and the library presentation will deliver into some common questions Ms Hodges since she started talking about her mental health, including what really happens in public and private mental health units, what an episode of severe depression feels like and what it’s like to “lose your rational mind to insanity”.
Catch Kim Hodges’ free author talk at Campbelltown’s HJ Daley Library from 6pm on Monday, September 10.
Bookings essential. Details: 4645 4444