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Fixing Adam Boland’s tie - I do this often for the blokes - I remembered Boland’s tie incident with Jerry Seinfeld when this then young and enthusiastic journalist got noticed because of his tenacity chasing a story that ultimately went around the world. If you don’t know it then you have to buy the book Brekky Central to hop on the speeding train that was the Boland express to understand how he’s now a Canberra resident, and why I was fixing his tie for a photo and more importantly how did this still fresh faced young man cope with a mental illness.
Affirm, The Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research held its annual Executive Business Luncheon sponsored by EY where a significant person with a connection to Affirm in research, at the coal face of care or from the wider community speaks of their experiences, and Adam Boland was the guest speaker bringing his perspective, experiences and resolve to his own often very public dealings with a bipolar disorder.
It was for this audience an insight into Boland’s highs and lows of a career that coruscated brilliantly and burnt out spectacularly when he like so many others with bipolar experienced the roller coaster ride heading for disaster.
The tabloids had a field day with the boy who ruled at Channel 7, then briefly at Channel 10 but to meet Boland is to like him because he’s personable, intelligent, obviously brilliant and has a fascinating tale to tell of the behind the scenes workings of television in ‘Brekky Central’. And Boland’s memoir is a ripper read and no doubt for him a cathartic experience.
He’s been brave and honest and that has led to a new association with Affirm as an ambassador for them and as a member of their panel of experts who decide where to allocate funds for research. Positives from despair and happiness with the support of his partner Kenny Ang as they set off on a new adventure in a tranquil place. He’s often needed to take time out, to fix the pressure to learn how to cope with the medication so vital with this disorder and learn the skills to keep him capable of continuing to work because he is brilliant at what he does.
So as he watches sunrises from their new apartment, probably feels frustrated often about the industry that was all consuming we’ll be seeing him again. Canberra will always be home.