In 2015, Adam launched his first memoir, 'mum, i wish i was dead - the story of a teenager who conquered depression', to a sold out audience in Sydney, Australia.

Adam Schwartz has spent more than a third of his life battling depression. At the age of 10, he began years of school refusal, bouts of destruction, physical illness, endless trials with unsuccessful drug regimes and contemplation of suicide. Finally, he was forced to drop out of high school and relinquish his hopes of further education and a bright, healthy future.

Fortunately, Adam’s story has a happy ending. As someone who has only just left those terrible years behind, his recollections of what it is like to be a child and teenager suffering with depression are vivid.

mum, i wish i was dead tells the story of Adam’s journey through this illness and was written to help raise awareness of the effects of depression, and give hope back to young people, sufferers, their families, and carers.

“Mum, I Wish I Was Dead . What a title huh ? I looked at this book on my bedside table for a week before I felt brave enough to read it. But This young man and his book WILL save lives . His near deadly journey through depression from aged 10 is a compelling and confronting read .. Adam Schwartz has come through the depression nightmare and his story will show others there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how long and how dark that tunnel seems . When I launched it last night I couldn’t help but feel this book is a game changer . 2500 Australians suicide every year , depression will effect up to 1 in 5 Australians, it’s not a problem it’s an epidemic.”
— Larry Emdur Host, The Morning Show
“Depression and related forms of mental ill-health plague at least half of young people as they face the challenges and ordeals of the transition from childhood to adulthood. They struggle with the ‘hero’s journey’. This book not only describes one such journey with great honesty and sensitivity, it also provides hope and proof of how to navigate the route. It could be a useful guide to the next generation who pass this way.”
— Professor Pat McGorry, University of Melbourne | Executive Director, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

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*International hard copies are available via local Print-On-Demand services.

Adam’s story is not just one of despair, struggle and heartache but also of love, family, friendship, strength, hope, resilience and positive outcomes. Adam tells his story with integrity and honesty. It is as brave and raw as it is compelling and inspiring. Adam’s story needs to be heard by all.
— L.G. - Amazon