Beechworth Launch: I'm Fine (and other lies)

Wild Dingo Press

Event Date: 
31 March 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Megan Blandford/ Cathy McGowan MP

With her career down the toilet, a husband who was never home, a baby screaming non-stop and her cries for help falling on deaf ears, Megan Blandford spent years saying, “I’m fine”.

Spoiler alert (not really): she wasn’t fine.

I’m Fine (and other lies) is a touching true story of motherhood: the challenges it presents, and the hope that can be found within it.

This is a wonderful account of Megan’s personal story of becoming a mother, and highlights the many unknown realities that many mums face on the journey into motherhood. Beautifully written, elements of her story will certainly resonate with other mothers, and importantly remind them that they are not alone in what can often be a lonely and challenging time.
— Dr Nicole Highet. Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)

A warm, honest and deeply personal account of the new parenthood rollercoaster, canvassing all the joys and unvarnished challenges it can bring. It is a testament to the power of individual stories in breaking down the stigma that persists, for some, around postnatal depression and mental illness.
— Georgie Harman, Chief Executive Officer, Beyond Blue

In I’m Fine and Other Lies, Megan gifts us a story of pregnancy, birth and the impact of mental health that is authentic, moving and relatable. Becoming a parent changes everything and Megan speaks directly to each of us who have lived the profound joy and hidden angst of parenting, sharing her journey with warmth, humour and raw honesty.
–– Dr Vijay Roach, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist,
Former Chairman Gidget Foundation Australia

It is an intensely personal and heartfelt story of one woman's journey through depression to find herself––she like so many women, was so critical of herself as she transitioned into motherhood, and struggled to ask for help and be heard. I hope this helps other women free themselves of their own negative internal voice long enough to get help.
— Anne Buist, Professor Women’s Mental Health, University of Melbourne

Motherhood is hard. Read this book. It will help. And if you still need more help, please please ask. It’s out there.
— Caroline Overington, journalist and author