Art From Adversity: A Life With Bipolar by Anne Therese Naylor
Winner, NSW Carer of the Year 2013!
Winner, Certificate of Commendation, NSW Mental Health Awards 2013!
Art from Adversity shines the spotlight on mental illness, in particular, bipolar disorder. It provides an insight into what it is like to become mentally ill, to ascend into mania, free fall into depression, and finally emerge profoundly changed by the experience.
Art from Adversity: A Life with Bipolar is Anne Therese Naylor's memoir and information guide to mental illness. She provides insights into what it is like to become mentally ill and what it takes to become well.
Her artworks, both on the cover and woven throughout the book, illustrate the creativity that can come from adversity.
With messages demonstrating that everyone knows someone affected by mental illness, and that positive things can be born from adversity, this book encourages all of us that education about mental illness is the key to understanding and freedom.
This book will strongly appeal to lovers of memoir, practical advice, and anyone who knows someone with a mental illness.
Anne raised over $1,200 for mental health research at her Sydney launch!
Various paintings featured in Art From Adversity have been sold as fundraising for mental health research to CADE Clinic in Sydney, and donated to Belmont Private Hospital in Brisbane. One such painting, 'Landscape of the mind', has been featured in The Lancet Medical Journal (Vol 381).
|Anne Therese Naylor|
Anne Therese Naylor has a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Special
Education and accreditation as a NAATI Paraprofessional Auslan
She is passionate about literacy and throughout her career has had the privilege and joy of teaching deaf children to read and write through sign language.
In 2005, an intense desire to paint was accompanied by the onset of bipolar disorder. Anne’s allegorical work ‘What lies beneath’ was awarded first prize in the 2008 Central Coast Mental Health Artworks Exhibition.
A mental health and disability advocate, Anne is a Carer Representative for Carers NSW. She is dedicated to raising awareness, challenging
ISBN 9781922120113 (PB, 206pp, released April 2013)
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ISBN 9781922120120 (eBook)
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"West Pennant Hills mother of four, carer, special needs teacher, artist and now author, Anne Therese Naylor has recently launched her first
published book titled Art from Adversity: A Life with Bipolar. The book is a ‘must read’ for anyone caring for those with mental illness, particularly Bipolar Disorder, and for those wishing to understand what it is like to become mentally ill ... The book began as a compilation of poems Anne had written throughout her own ordeal with Bipolar Disorder. Over two years Anne collected the poetry she had written and approached a number of publishers with a view to helping others through their journeys. The book is in two parts. The first Part is Anne’s memoir; the second thoroughly covers Bipolar Disorder and mental illness in general, with sections on Anxiety, Gambling, Drinking and Drugs, Diagnosis and Treatment, Attitudes to Mental Illness, Self Help
and Where to get help and Tips for Carers."
"SPP was delighted to get our hands on an advance copy of this book before the official launch in May. We were even more pleased to begin reading it and discover the author's reference to South Pacific Private right in the opening pages!
"Imagine being on a runaway horse with no way of grabbing the reins to take control. This is how local author Anne Naylor describes living with bipolar disorder on a day-to-day basis.
"Art From Adversity: A Life With Bipolar is an amazing account of the author's experiences living with mental illness. It is impossible not to journey with the author through her insightful stories. It is also a celebration of the creativity that can emerge from adversity, and what it takes to become well.
"A beautifully written manuscript. I enjoyed not only the insightful exploration of the subject matter but the way in which the book was written – Anne is able to capture the emotion as well as the facts of her experience."
"This is an inspiring book in which Anne has drawn on her own experiences to educate and inform others suffering from bipolar disorder. Her use of narrative, paintings and poetry is engaging and illuminating. It is an excellent addition to the literature on bipolar illness and a brilliant read."
"I would just like to thank you for inviting me to Anne Therese Naylor's [launch of her] book on mental illness, A Life With Bipolar. I would just like to say thank you truly. I have Bipolar, and I found the book very helpful and I am much happier now from reading many parts of the book. I also feel that event [at the Children's Bookshop, Beecroft] was very positive and useful for me. I appreciated that invitation and that night was truly a blessing in my life."
"This book is written with great courage and amazing creativity, and by telling her stories Anne is leading us out of the shadows towards a stigma free word where mental ill health will be as well understood, accepted, funded and overcome in the same way as physical illnesses like cancer and diabetes. Australia is showing the way in this international challenge and the courage of individual stories like Anne’s if told enough and listened to enough will change the world."
Anne receiving the 2013 NSW Carer of the Year Award from her local Member of Parliament, Dominic Perrittot, and the Hon. John Ajaka, Minister for Disabilities:
Professor Gin Malhi at the Sydney launch:
Anne speaks at the Sydney launch:
Photos from the Belmont launch:
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works in my portfolio to satisfy the requirements for the end of
year assessment, and if I did not, what I should do about it. I
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