Jen T., 35, is currently pursuing a Ph.D at the University of Queensland, looking at how people with depression and their doctors understand and communicate about the condition. Before that she completed a master's thesis in the communication for social change programme at UQ. She was diagnosed in early 2008 while working as a journalist in Singapore. After experiencing perplexing cycles of highs and lows over a few years, she inexplicably broke down in her boss' office and was hospitalised. She is grateful to the support she has since received from family, friends and colleagues, which has played a key part in her ongoing journey of learning to live with bipolar. Her dream is to be involved in mental health advocacy and to have a centre for restorative community among those who are at the margins of society. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar and ukulele, giving massages and scuba diving (Picture shows her with Wally the Napolean wrasse. They met in Cairns).
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