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It’s been three years since Dallas resident Julie Hersh has published “Struck by Living.” Today the book — which chronicles Hersh’s battle with depression, previous attempts at suicide, and a recovery spurred by the controversial electroconvulsive therapy — is poised to reach a brand new audience with its release in Spanish.

To celebrate the publication of “Decidí Vivir,” the Hersh Foundation will host a free panel discussion tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Dallas Children’s Theater, where Hersh serves as board chairman emeritus.

Guests will receive free copies of the book and learn more about mental health from Dr. Ahmad Raza and Dr. Madhukar Trivedi from UT Southwestern, clinical psychologist Dr. Abel Tomatis, and representatives from CONTACT crisis line and NAMI Dallas. Ana Cristina Reymundo, award-winning U.S. Hispanic journalist, will facilitate the conversation.

Hersh will also join the discussion, along with a few other neighborhood people that were integral in its translation process, including Jorge Correa, a Spanish teacher and community service director at St. Mark’s, along with Mexican native and Dallas resident Ramir Camu, who designed the book cover. Additionally, Hersh’s friends, Monica and Emilio Pimentel, who “Mexicanized” Jorge’s Chilean Spanish so the book would be more accessible to a broader audience, will be in attendance.

Read more about Julie Hersh’s story in the March 2011 cover story of our sister publication, Preston Hollow Advocate, here.