I was born in Krakow, Poland to Holocaust survivors. At the age of 3, my family moved to Israel. I wanted to be a journalist, but then, at the age of 14, my family moved again – this time to Australia. My minimal knowledge of English forced me to ‘do better’ in the sciences at school and university. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of NSW, majoring in Mathematics and Psychology.
I come from a creative family of authors, film reviewers, producers, directors and cinematographers.
I met my amazing partner, Peter, in the early days of my computer career. We have been together for over 35 years and have worked together in the computer industry – designing and writing computer systems for various businesses for over 20 years.
Searching for the Bipolar diagnosis for our youngest daughter Natasha, led Natasha and myself to write our first book “The Bi-Polar Express” and our second book “Panic Stations along The Bi-Polar Express” is now available.
We lived in one of the beautiful sandy beach suburbs of Sydney, but we have since moved west to the misty Blue Mountains. I am an animal activist. We have 2 daughters, 1 dog & various cats (and no longer any fish).
I was born and raised in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The city life made me more mad than my Bipolar and Anxiety did, so I moved to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains for some peace and sanity.
One health issue after another gave me a chance to finish my second book “Panic Stations along The Bi-Polar Express” a continuing journey following my first book “The Bi-Polar Express”.
I love movies, cooking children, painting and swimming.
I live with my best friends: parents, my dog and 4 cats.
In 2018 I finished my Diploma of Counselling.
Held a Charity Art Exhibition with semicolons on 30 of my paintings. Where the semicolon signifies “My Story Isn’t Over“. As an author uses a semicolon in a sentence where they could have ended it; but decided to keep going.
Started two local support groups: one with SAP (Suicide Awareness Project), the other with BiPolar Australia.
As well as an online support group on fb: @semicolonongoingsupport (SOS) where I help to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.
I also mentor an incredible 11 year old boy where we mostly do homework (his) then play chess and watch movies.
I am awesome, I finally figured that one out.
The Bi-Polar Express Book Launch Photos
The authors, Ela Simon & Natasha Simon with Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director, Brain & Mind Research Institute and Professor Gordon Parker, Executive Director, Black Dog Institute.