GILLMORE College English teacher Edith Copeman’s experience dealing with her brother’s mental health was the inspiration behind her newly published book The Life Left Behind.
The Orelia resident wrote the fiction novel after her personal experience.
“My life shifted,” she said. “It really affected us.”
Ms Copeman said she saw kids through work who were depressed and/or suffered from anxiety.
“I feel it is not being addressed well,” she said.
“Mental health is a real illness and most of the focus is on the victim.
“It is hard when you know someone who is going through it.
“Their choices affect those around them.”
Ms Copeman said the school curriculum covered issues such as drugs, alcohol and violence, but was limited in teaching about mental health issues.
She hopes her novel will appeal to high school students and young adults.
“I enjoy writing and hope The Life Left Behind will help others,” she said.
“Often the person with mental health issues is not the only one suffering.”
Ms Copeman self published her book The Life Left Behind and is looking forward to the official launch in Applecross on April 17.
The Life Left Behind is available from Amazon and Barns & Noble.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please access help from the following numbers:
Kids Helpline is a private and confidential phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between five and 25-years. Call 1800 551 800.
Lifeline Australia provide crisis support and suicide prevention. Call 13 11 14.