About Struck by Living

In Struck by Living, Julie Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Despite a loving husband, healthy children, financial security, Julie attempted suicide three times. With the help of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), Julie broke the deadly course of her disorder. Now well, Julie promotes the importance of mental health with collaborations with other artists and organizations.

Julie Hersh is President of the Hersh Foundation, an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and author of the book Struck by Living: From Depression to Hope. Hersh revealed her story in her book to dispel myths about depression and to open the conversation about mental health. Julie actively promotes mental wellness using her Top 10 brain protection lists. These lists are available under the Resources tab on this website.

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Julie and her son, Daniel, featured on the Mental Health Channel

Julie and her son, Daniel, featured on the Mental Health Channel

Crowd gathered for a talk in Harrisonburg VA students from James Madison University

Crowd gathered for a talk in Harrisonburg VA students from James Madison University

Decidí Vivir Book Launch Video

Decidí Vivir Book Launch Video

Julie and her husband Ken Hersh at her talk at DMA Arts and Letters Live for Oral Fixation

Julie and her husband Ken Hersh at her talk at DMA Arts and Letters Live for Oral Fixation

Lost in Translation cast at Arts and Letters Live at DMA, see blog for the story

Lost in Translation cast at Arts and Letters Live at DMA, see blog for the story

Push up Campaign with Honor Courage Commitment see blog for the story

Push up Campaign with Honor Courage Commitment see blog for the story

Decidí Vivir Celebration

Decidí Vivir Celebration

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"Hersh's page-turner story is very informative about the state of mind of people experiencing very high suicide risk; to take two examples, perceived burdensomeness and social isolation.  I'm relieved for her and for all of us that she survived.  Struck by Living shows a life beyond suicidality, filled with possibility."

Thomas Joiner
Thomas Joiner, The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, Author of Why People Die by Suicide and Myths About Suicide
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About Struck By Living

In Struck by Living, Julie Hersh picks apart the irony of her life with humor and brutal honesty. Despite a loving husband, healthy children, financial security, Julie attempted suicide three times. With the help of ECT (electroconvulsive therapy), Julie broke the deadly course of her disorder. Now well, Julie promotes the importance of mental health with collaborations with other artists and organizations.

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