Earlier this year I read Osher Gunsburg’s book “Back, After The Break” & I have to say, I was blown away his transparency & vulnerability. But also the intensity of his illness which serves throughout the book as an overwhelming reminder that regardless of who you are, your highlight reel is never really the whole truth.
Osher’s book covers not only his acute struggle with mental illness (which includes episodes of psychosis) throughout some his most infamous years working as “Andrew G” for Channel V and Australian Idol, but also why he decided to change his name to Osher. As someone who has struggled with anxiety & mental health from a young age, there were so many moments his honesty gave me comfort that I am not the only one. That there are people who have done the same & different damage to their lives.
I first met Osher as “Andrew G” back in 2009 when I was in the Top 12 of Australian Idol, & we hit it off right away. He was one of the most charismatic, friendly & to my joy and surprise, intelligent humans I’d ever met. I always enjoyed when we would be in the make up chair at the same time or he would be included in a photo shoot with us as it means we could spend time together. He was just the type of guy you wanted to be around. The type of guy who offered thoughts & options that made me think & I loved that.
To find out the truth behind his private life & mental state at this point of his life was utterly shocking & totally reenforced that you just NEVER know what people are going through.
I highly recommend this book weather you struggle with mental health or not. It’s an amazing insight into one man’s life, but actually tells the story of much of our community whom are struggling with theirs.
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It really is a fascinating & very insightful read & I loved it so much, I want to pass on my copy to one of you guys!!
Simply tag a friend in this post on Instagram who you promise to pass it onto once you’re done and I’ll choose a winner to send it off too! Wooo!!
Sending my love as always! ❤️