Jessica Rowe

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Jessica June Rowe AM (born 22 June 1970) is an Australian television presenter, journalist and author. She was the co-host of Studio 10 on Network Ten until March 2018, and is Member of the Order of Australia for her mental health advocacy.

Rowe attended Sydney Girls High School and Charles Sturt University, Bathurst; completing a Bachelor of Arts in 1993. During her studies she was a broadcaster with on-campus community radio station 2MCE-FM. Rowe later graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of International Studies degree in 2003.

Rowe is married to Australian television journalist and Sydney Nine News presenter Peter Overton and has two loving children.

 

After the birth of her first daughter and as a result of her legal battle with channel 9, Rowe had from severe post-natal depression. She also stated that separate to her more recent postpartum depression, she had previously been on antidepressant medication and had been receiving psychiatric therapy for the past eight years for clinical depression, anxiety disorder and panic attacks.

 

"I had everything in life I could possibly wish for and finally I had this beautiful baby girl but I never felt more desperate and sad... (I felt) like there was a panel of glass between me and the outside world... I used to think about the carving knife in our top kitchen drawer and how easily it could pierce her skin."

 

Rowe has been very vocal about her experience with her mental disorders and her use of anti-depressants and counselling, saying, "To me, asking for help is one of the bravest and best things you can ever do. It saved me." She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and initiatives. She is an ambassador and spokesperson for Beyondblue.