Julie K. Hersh
Julie K. Hersh

On Friday, June 4 at 10 a.m., Julie K. Hersh will be at the Library to speak about her new book, Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Ms. Hersh is a mother, corporate wife, and advocate for mental health awareness. The book traces Ms. Hersh’s search for identity through her career, interfaith marriage, motherhood, and clinical depression. In “Struck by Living,” Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Despite having a loving husband, healthy children, and financial security, she tried to kill herself three times.

(A study conducted by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported in September 2009 that 2.3 million adults had made a suicidal plan and that 1.1 million adults actually attempted suicide in the past year in the United States.)

“My goal with ‘Struck by Living’ is to dispel the stigma associated with mental illness and make it more real for those who have never experienced depression,” the author says. Ms. Hersh’s recovery path includes electroconvulsive therapy, also known as ECT. “In my case, ECT was that last option for pulling me out of depression much like a triple bypass is used for someone with severe heart disease,” she states. In summary, her book provides a personal account of what a clinically depressed person feels and the challenges faced for a medical problem with an inexact methodology for recovery.

"As a severe case, Hersh gives a clear, resonant voice to many aspects of a complicated illness, while offering a moving and hopeful (though at times frightening) narrative for those fighting to overcome depression's worst." -- Publishers Weekly 

The program will include refreshments and a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

Please join us for this important author event.