Book Launch: Old Black Cloud by Jacqueline Leckie

Book Launch: Old Black Cloud by Jacqueline Leckie12 Jun - 6pm
Book Launch: Old Black Cloud by Jacqueline Leckie

About the event

Join us for the launch of Jacqueline Leckie's Old Black Cloud: A cultural history of mental depression in Aotearoa New Zealand, published by Massey University Press. A timely contribution to understanding mental health.

All welcome!

About the book:
Mental depression is a serious issue in contemporary New Zealand, and it has an increasingly high profile. But during our history, depression has often been hidden under a long black cloud of denial that we have not always lived up to the Kiwi ideal of being pragmatic and have not always coped.Using historic patient records as a starting place, and informed by her own experience of depression, academic Jacqueline Leckie’s timely social history of depression in Aotearoa analyses its medical, cultural and social contexts through an historical lens. From detailing its links to melancholia and explaining its expression within Indigenous and migrant communities, this engrossing book interrogates how depression was medicalised and has been treated, and how New Zealanders have lived with it.

Wednesday June 12th, 6pm
In-store launch at Unity Books Wellington
Launch of Old Black Cloud by Jacqueline Leckie. All welcome!