The blue band…

Dear Rose,

Just wanted to let you know that I’m a bit proud that you’ve been wearing your blue wristband this week. And I was very proud to be associated with a soccer club that held such an amazing beyondblue fundraiser bash on Friday night (where said band was acquired).

Pic by Patrick Callow

Pic by Patrick Callow


Because it’s a bit of a big thing. When I was a kid no-one talked about mental illness. And even though there’s still stigma around today, it’s nothing compared to the not-talking-about it of the 80s in which I grew up.

The thing that impressed me most about the Surfside Waves Soccer Club fundraiser was the young guy – whose name I can’t find – who MCd and shared his own experience (albeit briefly) of depression. And spoke about how the Waves had supported him on his journey.

I’ll write more about this another time but just want you to know that you can always talk to me about anything – even if it’s to say, I need to talk to someone Mum but you’re not the person 😉

Love you,

Mum x



About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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