“AS a psychiatrist, we are taught never to share and to present ourselves as a blank canvas to the client, but I wanted people to know that we all have our struggles. No one is immune,” said Dr Lisa Myers.
The South African-born, Australian-trained child and adolescent psychiatrist has 20 years of mental health experience. Her timely new book, When The Light Goes Out, showcases lived experience and expert advice – both key factors to managing the ever-growing mental health crisis.
Myers’ book will provide readers with practical tools and strategies for managing their own mental health.
In this memoir, Myers combines her own story of unimaginable violence and suffering, together with clients’ experiences and professional insights, to help guide readers facing their own challenges, whether that be major trauma or everyday adversity.
“My professional knowledge helped navigate my own grief, trauma and mental health challenges,” Myers said.
“I know that not everyone has these tools, and it was important for me to share my understanding with others.
“The book was always driven by a desire to help more people by providing information about mental health to a wider audience.
“It is soul-destroying knowing that many people are desperate and wait months to consult with a professional. This book offers readers invaluable insights born out of years working closely with many clients and their families.”
When The Light Goes Out is an account of surviving tragedy and coping with life’s many challenges that impact us all, including the professionals who work in mental health.
Myers takes readers inside her mind and along her personal and professional journey, as she explores common issues such as postnatal depression, relationship breakdown, divorce, raising children as working parents and in today’s climate, migration, death, grief and transgenerational trauma.
Mental health affects all socio-demographics and the book offers tips that are practical, convenient and affordable.
“Mental health is something we all have to manage, and I hope that by sharing my personal story and professional insights it removes the shame and stigma that surrounds mental health and provides hope and light to those who are battling life’s darkest moments,” Myers said.
Myers runs a holistic mental health practice, AwareHub, in Bondi Junction, where she incorporates a range of services to support her clients’ health and wellbeing.