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Friends, family celebrate launch of Moose Jaw author’s third book

Author's new book deals with her postpartum depression and psychosis, plus tips to deal with mental illness and self-confidence

Surrounded by friends, family and shiny jewelry, Moose Jaw author Carla O’Reilly launched her third self-help book, which focuses on overcoming mental illness.

Fifth Avenue Collection played host to the book launch on Aug. 15, where O’Reilly unveiled T.U.R.N. O.N. T.H.E. S.W.I.T.C.H., which deals with postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, which she suffered following the birth of her son. The book features 15 wellness tools that are universally applicable to mental illness and self-confidence.

More than two-dozen women popped into the jewelry business during the two-hour launch to congratulate O’Reilly and received an autographed copy of the book. A large glass table was set up in the front foyer of the business with copies of O’Reilly’s new book, along with copies of her second book, The Smiling Mask. A large sparkling chandelier hung over the table and brightened the room.

In a room adjacent to the foyer, slices of marble cake were dished out to those present, while drinks such as orange peach cider, strawberry rhubarb cider and lemonade were also served. 

Sitting at the table, O’Reilly signed copies of her book and excitedly hugged everyone who stepped through the front door.

“It’s so nice to have all my friends (here),” she said. “I am super excited to see the support. That’s really exciting.”

The turnout for the book launch was awesome, O’Reilly continued. Those people who came out were also supporting other women, female empowerment and girl power. 

The Moose Jaw author does not have any other books on the horizon. Instead, O’Reilly is focusing on promoting T.U.R.N. O.N. T.H.E. S.W.I.T.C.H. and getting it out into the wider community. She would particularly like to see the book used in schools to help students, who are facing a crisis with drugs and mental illness.

“Kids need to know to live a balanced life,” she added.

To order T.U.R.N. O.N. T.H.E. S.W.I.T.C.H. or other books by O’Reilly, visit www.thesmilingmask.com.