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Stability in Mind

A Memoir of Politics and Plays in the Shadow of Bipolar Disorder

by Neil Donald Cole

Page Extent:243 pages
Book Size:240 x 167 x 25 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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This moving memoir is the story of the first politician in Australia to publicly admit to having a mental illness bipolar mood disorder.

Neil Cole was a lawyer, a Melbourne City Councillor and a Member of the Victorian Parliament. After only five years in Parliament, Neil was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This revelation and the cathartic experience of this diagnosis was to change his life forever. This memoir explores Neils early life, family upbringing, school, university, career and his experiences living in the shadow of his illness and the profound effects it had on his life. It is told with pathos, honesty, integrity and humour and offers hope and inspiration to other sufferers of mental disorders as well as fostering a better understanding of the illness to the general public.

About the Author

Neil Cole

Neil graduated from Melbourne University in Law and Arts and worked as a lawyer at the Flemington Community Legal Service. He is a former Member of the Victorian State Parliament which included three years as Shadow Attorney General. He is Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, based at the Mental Health Research Institute and the Brain And Mind Research Institute in Sydney. Neil is also a celebrated playwright, having won the Griffith Theatre Award, and in the past has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier Literary Award. He has had eleven plays produced throughout Australia and in 2008 two of his plays were read at the ActorsGuild Theatre in New York. Exploring an understanding of mental illness derives from Neil own mental illness, bipolar mood disorder. He has been a strong advocate for those with mental illness and for the underprivileged in general.

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