This week on Balance we’re reintroducing the absolutely delightful Jessica Rowe, with unseen footage of her interview with Deborah. In today’s clip, Jessica, who grew up with a mum who wasn’t diagnosed with bi-polar disorder until she was in her 30s gives some great advice for how to help people around us who are battling mental health issues – like depression, maybe in your own workplace …
Jessica Rowe is one of Australia’s best known television presenters. She began her career in 1993 and has held various positions including a decade as co- anchor of Network Ten’s First at Five News. Jessica Rowe’s passion for news and current affairs has seen her become one of Australia’s best-known TV presenters and admired by viewers for her warm, down-to-earth manner and infectious laugh.
Jessica is co-host on Network Ten’s morning chat show, Studio 10, alongside Ita Buttrose, Sarah Harris and Joe Hildebrand. The Studio 10 show, marks Jessica return to Network Ten after eight years, where she was the news presenter on First At Five for ten years.
Prior to returning to Network Ten, Jessica was news anchor on Weekend Sunrise on the Seven Network and was co-host of The Today Show on the Nine Network.
On Australia Day 2015 Jessica was honoured to receive an Order of Australia for her work in mental health advocacy.
Jessica is also a regular columnist for Fairfax’s Sunday Life magazine and Vogue Australia. She has also put on her dancing shoes as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars in 2007 and has appeared on Can Of Worms.
Jessica began her journalism career in 1993. She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in Communications and has also studied at Sydney University, achieving a Masters of International Studies.
Aside from news and current affairs, Jessica has made an indelible mark on Australian society with her advocacy work for mental health. Let’s go through the list…she is a patron for the Mental Health Council of Australia, Mum4Mum, an ambassador for beyondblue, an ambassador for Camp Kookaburra and Welcome To Australia (an organization assisting refugee families in Australia), a board member of the George Gregan Foundation, a member of the IVF Australia Ethics Committee and is involved with the Exodus Foundation and Community Brave (a campaign supporting bullied youths).
As well as all this, Jessica is a published author. In August 2015 Jessica released her insightful and inspiring memoir Is This My Beautiful Life? (Allen & Unwin). She has also co-authored a book with her mother, Penelope Rowe, titled The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times, an account of their family’s experience living with Penelope’s bipolar disorder. Her second book, the best selling Love, Wisdom, Motherhood, reveals the struggles, joys and heartache of motherhood through the account of eleven women.