Ingi Barr is an author/illustrator and passionate mental health advocate with a Diploma in Community Development from Swinburne in Melbourne. Ingi’s advocacy focuses on reducing stigma surrounding mental illness. Her first book “Walking the Black Dog” addresses depression, and is aimed at youth and children. (See www.walkingtheblackdog.org.au)
Ingi also does presentations and book readings in secondary schools, and enjoys engaging young people in lively discourses that address difficult and complex topics like depression, and other mental health issues.
Ingi has just completed her second children’s book, “The Dragon who thought she was a Princess” which explores mania in Bipolar Disorder, through the eyes of a red dragon called Scarlett. Her art work of both her black dog and the scarlett dragon, were on the cover of the August edition of the Medical Journal of Australia Supplement, 2010.