Sophie Hardcastle

Sophie Hardcastle

Living in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Sophie Hardcastle started writing at fifteen. Although misdiagnosed with Major Depression and admitted to hospital four times during her school years, she received a Premier’s Award for All-round Excellence and was fast-tracked into the Sydney College of the Arts. In 2013, Sophie was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder. On top of her studies, she accepted her chronic illness and decided to pursue what she loves – writing. Determined to help change the lives of young people living with mental illness, she is working with both Headspace and Batyr, a not-for-profit agency that aims to break the stigma surrounding mental illness.