Jes­sica Marais in re­hab

The brave ac­tress has coura­geously checked her­self into re­hab

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Contents -

Wear­ing an ethe­real white dress and hold­ing tightly onto her boyfriend Jake Holly’s hand, coura­geous Jes­sica Marais looked at peace as she stepped out of The Syd­ney Clinic at Bronte, a re­hab fa­cil­ity she checked into three weeks ago to deal with a “num­ber of ur­gent health is­sues”.

In the past, Jess, 33, has been open about her per­sonal demons, re­veal­ing she has suf­fered from “bipo­lar episodes” since she was 12, but she looked happy and healthy as she made her way to a Hill­song meet­ing with her ru­moured fi­ance Jake.

News of Jess’ de­ci­sion to re­turn to Bronte’s health fa­cil­ity for a “detox and in­ner health pro­gram” broke last week when she an­nounced she was pulling out of at­tend­ing the Lo­gies de­spite be­ing nom­i­nated for a Gold Lo­gie and Most Pop­u­lar Ac­tress, which she later won.

“Jess knows what her trig­gers are and she’d have recog­nised the warn­ing signs,” re­veals a friend, who says those clos­est to Jess are proud of her for tack­ling her is­sues head-on. “She’s done what’s best for her­self, Scout and her fam­ily by check­ing her­self into re­hab.”


A for­mer pa­tient of the fa­cil­ity tells Woman’s Day the men­tal health clinic is the best place for Jess, who is now re­ceiv­ing 24/7 spe­cialised care from a team of psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists and nurs­ing staff.

“Jess would have un­der­gone a phone as­sess­ment and then they’d have de­cided she needed to be brought in,” tells our source. “From there she’d have a one-on-one ap­point­ment with a psy­chol­o­gist who would work out what kind of treat­ment she needs and whether she should be tak­ing any med­i­ca­tion.”

For the first three days pa­tients don’t have ac­cess to a phone, nor are they al­lowed to leave the clinic, says our source.

“A typ­i­cal day would be wak­ing up at 6am and go­ing for a walk, then ev­ery­one sits down for break­fast at 8am. From 9am there are mind­ful­ness ses­sions, then group ther­apy, with a range of sub­jects – ther­apy, ad­dic­tions, men­tal health, DBT (dia­lec­tic behaviour ther­apy) and many more,” tells our in­sider.

“After lunch there’s the op­tion to leave the clinic for two hours, but pa­tients are breath-tested when they re­turn. Then there are more ses­sions and there’s the op­tion to leave the fa­cil­ity again.

“In the evenings most pa­tients are per­mit­ted to at­tend meet­ings off the premises, with groups that might be rel­e­vant to their prob­lems.

“Vis­i­tors are al­lowed pretty much ev­ery day and on week­ends you can leave for four hours, so you can spend time with a part­ner or fam­ily away from the clinic.”

There’s no doubt Jess would be keen to leave the site to spend time with her six-year-old daugh­ter Scout, who she co-par­ents with her ex-fi­ance James Ste­wart.

“Ev­ery­one is hop­ing and pray­ing Jess gets the help she needs. She seemed like she was

in a much bet­ter place the past few months, mak­ing peace with James and meet­ing her new man. The fact that she’s tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for her­self is a great sign,” adds a friend.


In­deed, Jess sounded pos­i­tive when she posted a mes­sage thank­ing Aus­tralia for crown­ing her Most Pop­u­lar Ac­tress and con­grat­u­lat­ing her friend Grant Denyer for win­ning Gold.

“Your speech moved me to tears. And gives me strength. Courage in the quiet bat­tle... con­grats mate,” wrote Jess.

“To ev­ery­one who watched, made, and sup­ported Love Child and The Wrong Girl... my eter­nal gratitude.”

‘The fact that she’s tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity is a great sign’

James and Jess with Scout and their new part­ners.

Jess anand boyfriend Jake at­tend a Hill­song meet­ing. It’s be­li­believed he in­tro­duced her to tthe church.

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