Trials and Tribulations – Living and Succeeding with Bipolar Mood Disorder
Sep 03, 2024 7:40 AM
Neil Cole
Trials and Tribulations – Living and Succeeding with Bipolar Mood Disorder

Former Victorian MP Neil Cole publicly revealed his bipolar mood disorder during his time in Parliament in the 1990s. He resolved to devote his post-Parliamentary years to mental health advocacy and counselling. Neil will share his experiences of bipolar disorder over several decades of his life.

Neil is living an incredibly colourful, successful and varied career so far. One might say that he is an overachiever. Starting as a lawyer in 1980, Neil helped set-up the Flemington Community Legal Service.

He was a Melbourne City Councillor, a State Member of Parliament in the 1990s and even Shadow Attorney General in the 90s.

He’s a playwright – penning and performing in his first, award-winning production, “Alive At Williamstown Pier” in 1995. His prolific writing has seen all 35 of his penned plays being produced, both here in Australia and in the US.

Neil is an academic researcher, culminating in his Associate Professorship at Monash University, working at the Alfred Psychiatric and Research Centre, which focuses on lived experience of mental illness.

Oh – and Neil has bipolar mood disorder – and has dedicated his life to speaking openly about mental health.