This is the story about a negative being turned into a positive.  Like millions of people around the world, Catherine Eagleson, the founder of the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency, found herself in the middle of a dark, disabling depression. She was forced to give up her job as a reference librarian, and was also told by her GP she could only work 8 hours a week in “mainstream employment!”  She knew she needed to do something to reinvent herself.  She had always been something of an entrepreneur, and while embarking on the road to recovery, she discovered the pleasure and challenge of writing crossword and codeword puzzles.  Not only did they help her brain function, but they also helped to develop her confidence. She decided to share her love of solving puzzles and in 2004, the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency was born.

Over the years, Catherine has worked to develop her Online Puzzle Portal. Puzzles are added regularly, and include crosswords, codewords, cryptograms, sudoku and trivia quizzes. Puzzlers can sign up to an annual subscription, and the portal is also used as an electronic resource in a growing number of public libraries.  Several libraries have established their own Clue Detective clubs for their patrons to promote the benefits of puzzling (for good mental health).

Solving puzzles provides benefits for the setter as well as the puzzler.  Catherine derives her challenge from creating a problem from someone else to solve.

“Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and then writing the clues is a mental work out for me.  In many ways, it’s a form of escapism.  All clues need to be researched and are somewhat eclectic.  You are always looking for something different, and are being taken on a voyage of discovery…” Catherine says.

“The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency has now become a proud sponsor of Australian Rotary Health and Lift the Lid on Mental Illness, donating a percentage of memberships to the campaign to raise funds for mental health research.”

Catherine became a proud member of Rotary in 2006. Soon after she joined, she first heard about Australian Rotary Health (ARH), and their involvement with mental health research.

She made a resolution then if she was ever in a (Rotary) position where she could make a difference, she would do something for ARH.

Despite a few (health) upheavals along the way, she has learned to be bold. In 2017-18, she served the Rotary Club of Drysdale as President, and was recognised as a PHF for setting up the IgKNITe (Knitting for Mental Health) project. Funds from this project are donated to ARH.

Catherine’s IgKNITe project is another way she is supporting Australian Rotary Health.

She has also become Co-Chair of Australian Rotary Health for (her) District 9780.  These are all things she would have once never dreamt possible.

“Rotary allows you to achieve amazing thing.  All you have to do is find your niche. I encourage everyone to invest in their own mental health to support Australian Rotary Health and Lift the Lid…it’s as easy as solving a crossword puzzle!”

To try out a FREE puzzle or buy a subscription to support Lift the Lid, head to the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency website.

We thank Catherine very much for her support.


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