It’s Mental Health Week and one of our very own team here at SOLID RACKS that we call family is the beautiful and brave Blogger and Author, Sophie Hardcastle.

Sophie’s memoir Running Like China takes “outsiders” into a world that only someone with a mental health condition could adequately comprehend. Not even a parent or loved one can fully understand what those closest to them are feeling.

It’s hard to even imagine what someone goes through who suffers from depression, let alone Bi-Polar 1, a debilitating mental disorder that can manifest itself in waves of darkness, self-harm and suicide.

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety – says Beyond Blue.

Sophie is a Northern Beaches surfer, artist and writer and her first foray as an Author has just been featured as Pick of The Week for a non-fiction novel from Australia and overseas in the Sydney Morning Herald.

In 2013 Sophie scored one of the top spots at the prestigious Arthur Boyd’s Artists in Residence program in Bundanon NSW after being selected as a finalist in the ATYP Fresh Ink Writers Retreat competition.

You can view a Q&A of Sophie as she is interviewed by Hachette her publishing house here. Or you can purchase her book on Kindle from Amazon.

If you need support use these resources:


Primary National Emergency Number   000
Lifeline Australia                                        13 11 14
Beyond Blue                                               1300 22 46 36
Kids Helpline                                              1800 55 1800


Beyond Blue


Kids Helpline

Lifeline Australia


The Black Dog Institute