Podcast Episode 183: Depression the Comedy with Jessica Holmes

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 183 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to a comedian and mom of two about her journey with depression and the steps she took to get better.

You know my guest, acclaimed comedian and actor Jessica Holmes, from her work on The Royal Canadian Air Farce or CTV’s The Holmes Show. She’s even opened for Jerry Seinfeld and for Ellen DeGeneres. But Jessica is here to day to talk about something that isn’t much fun to go through, but from which she still manages to find some good material. You see, as Jessica’s career was really taking off, she was privately wrestling with depression. She’s now chronicled that experience in a great new book called Depression the Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance. A mom of two, Jessica’s first experience with mental health challenges began with postpartum depression, and she and I talk candidly about how she got through that and her subsequent bout of depression.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Depression the Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance

Jessica’s official website

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Jessica’s Advice

“There is no problem so unique that other people haven’t been through it. I know if you’re suffering from depression that it could feel like nothing will make a difference and that it’s too hard to even take that little first step. But one day, when you are feeling somewhat strong, please do take that first little step because it will start to snowball into taking bigger steps down the road.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here.


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