When Jessica Rowe resigned from her post on Studio 10 a year ago, she told fans it was to spend more time with her loved ones.
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At the time, her husband Peter Overton, 53, paid tribute to his wife, 48, via social media, telling his followers, "My admiration for Jessica knows no bounds. This morning when I asked 11-year-old Allegra how she felt that Mum was going to be home in the mornings... she said 'I am a billion times happy'... and that says it all."
But there's more to Jessica walking away from the TV job she held for five years.
"I could feel at the end of each show, not every day, but most days I would be close to tears," she shared with The Australian Women's Weekly. "I'd feel that behind my eyes and was just about keeping it together. And I thought, 'Why am I doing this to myself?'"
"I knew that I was heading down, I knew that my anxiety was there, that I was getting depressed and that if I didn't make a change I'd start to falter," she told the publication.
A mother to two girls, Allegra, 12, and Giselle, 10, Jessica has been a long-time advocate for mental health awareness, and has been candid about her own history with post-natal depression following the births of her daughters.
"I now wear my so-called 'failings' and 'flaws' like badges of honour as I've discovered the enormous power that comes from being vulnerable.”