Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health
Ros Marsden story of overcoming mental illness is inspirational and empowering.
Her openness in describing the experience of being a highly successful television producer, writer and publicist who was unexpectedly struck down with serious depression and her subsequent ten year battle to come out the other side has changed the way some listeners have viewed mental illness.
"Ros' story about her various battles with mental health issues was very inspiring and an example of hope and victory, of willpower and determination. It reminded us that any of us could be in her situation battling with depression triggered by trauma or otherwise.”
“Ros' story was very moving and shows that people can return to a 'normal' life and that a mental illness is not a death sentence. After hearing from Ros, my views have changed in that we are all human and the prevalence of people suffering from mental health issues needs to be recognised."
Ros can tell her story to business leaders, health providers or those personally affected by mental illness. She is sensitive to the individual audience, giving hope that there is a way forward for human beings experiencing or associated with those suffering deep depression.
Following universityRos Marsden pursued her first loves, entertainment and writing by joining the TEN Network Melbourne. Within a couple of years she was researching and producing programs for current affairs and magazine shows, racing telecasts, award nights and telethons.
She later joined the production company Crawfords working on COP SHOP until she was invited back to TEN to produce GOOD MORNING MELBOURNE and assist with their major live telecasts, including Associate Producer of the first live telecast from the Melbourne State Theatre, the first live telecast of the Melbourne Cup and the first national Olympic telethon.
Ros has worked for the book publishing company Five Mile Press and Roland Harvey Studios as their publicity manager, creating promotional concepts for publications ranging from cookbooks through to Australiana and children's illustrated fiction.
She created and edited the book LIMERICKS BY FAMOUS AUSTRALIANS, in which personalities as diverse as Bob Hawke, Gough Whitlam, Dame Joan Sutherland and Barry Humphries wrote auto-biographical limericks about their own lives.
It was following this work period that Ros was struck down by mental illness, regularly hospitalised for treatment.
In 2004 whilst still recovering, Ros joined Fairfax’s regional division. Following this she transferred to The Age in Melbourne where she was appointed Director of Government Advertising and then Strategic Projects Manager. Ros has also served as Advertising Manager in Fairfax’s regional daily newspaper based in Ballarat.
During her time at Fairfax Ros created I’m Not Like Paris magazine, designed to create a positive self image for teenage girls. The magazine has won the International PANPA Award for Young Readers, 2008 and Rural Press Club of Victoria Journalism & Photography Awards - Judges' Special Award, 2008. Advertisements created by Ros have also won awards within Fairfax.
Ros has written articles for both The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
In 2011 Ros was on the Victorian selection panel for Australian of the Year.
Ros now works as a media consultant, writer and speaker with her own company, Marsden plus Media as well as continuing a close association generating work for The Age.
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