Home & Away's Sam Frost pens 'mental health' book after vaccine saga

Two months after posting a teary video about being unvaccinated against COVID-19, Sam Frost has revealed she's written a book about her 'personal experience' with mental health.

Believe was co-written with the Home and Away star's sister, Kristine Ross and is described as 'raw, honest and real'.

Sam Frost holding her new book, Believe. Photo: Instagram/fro01.
Sam Frost has written a book about mental health, titled Believe. Photo: Instagram/fro01.

Sam's new book

Sam, 32, took to Instagram on Tuesday night to announce her move into the literary world, sharing a snap of herself holding a copy of her tome.

The front cover features a black and white photo of the former Bachelorette wearing a white embellished dress with her hair pulled back in a loose ponytail.

The tagline reads; "Learning to live with yourself and all your glorious imperfections."

"I'm very excited to announce, I wrote a book!!!!!!" Sam gushed in the caption. "I teamed up with my beautiful sister Kristine, and @hachetteaus to create BELIEVE."


Sam Frost in a yellow top
Sam earlier revealed that her character will be 'written out temporarily' on Home and Away. Photo: Instagram/ellajeanhairandmakeup

She went on to explain that the book is "all about mental health from my own personal experience".

"It's raw, honest and real. I don't pretend to have all the answers, I'm still working it out myself. But I know what it feels like to lose all hope, to be surrounded by darkness.. not knowing how I can possibly get through another day.

"I've lived it, and I have got through it.. (and tumbled backwards many, many times)

"This is my story. One I feel very proud to share. It’s about finding strength, courage, resilience and hope while learning life’s big lessons along the way."

Screenshot of Sam Frost's Instagram post about her role on Home &Away. Photo: Instagram/fro01.
Sam updated her Instagram followers about her role on Home and Away. Photo: Instagram/fro01.

Sam finished her caption by saying that she hopes her book will help readers 'feel less alone' and give them 'light' when they 'need it the most'.

Sam's famous pals flooded the Instagram comments with congratulations and praise for her book debut.

Fellow former Bachelorette Angie Kent wrote; "Proud of you! And Hachette are the best to work with so I’m sure it’ll be absolutely magical ! Can’t wait to read it."

Danielle Spencer, Russell Crowe's ex-wife, added, "Fantastic. Congratulations".

Model and SAS star Erin Holland wrote, "Congrats babe!"

'Written out temporarily'

Back in November, Sam announced that she would not be quitting Home and Away despite being unvaccinated but instead her character, Jasmine would be 'written out temporarily'.

Sam explained that she would not be 'fully vaxxed' until the end of February 2022 at the latest, after she undergoes an undisclosed 'medical procedure' the previous month.

Sam Frost's vaccination post.
Sam Frost posted a video on Instagram admitting that she isn’t vaccinated on October 9. Photos: Instagram/fro01

"I'm not leaving Home and Away," she wrote. "I've got a medical procedure booked in for January. So I won't be fully vaxxed until mid-late February.

"I will be written out temporarily, Jazzy is going on an off-screen adventure for a few weeks... But I'll be back."

According to the Herald Sun, an email sent out to Channel 7 staff claimed the network will "only engage fully vaccinated presenters, cast and crew" from January next year.

Sam said that she had been able to negotiate with her 'amazing' bosses and come up with a plan that 'works for everyone'.

Sam thanked her followers for their support over the past few weeks. Photo: Instagram/Sam Frost
Sam thanked her followers for their support over the past few weeks. Photo: Instagram/Sam Frost

Sam had only recently re-emerged on social media after deactivating her Instagram account for two weeks due to the swift backlash to her teary video where she admitted to not having the Covid vaccine.

She was heavily criticised for the clip, where she opened up about the "harsh judgement" and "segregation" people who aren’t vaccinated are experiencing and how it's impacting her mental health.

In an Instagram Story, Sam thanked her followers the "the enormous amount of support and love over the past few weeks", saying she received "thousands and thousands of beautiful messages and emails".

"Incredibly grateful for my friends, family and work colleagues who held my hand through the storm and loved me unconditionally," Sam wrote.

She finished with the line: "Kindness always wins."

Sam's video: 'Hard time' to be unvaccinated

Sam posted the now-deleted video on October 9, ahead of NSW's 'Freedom Day' when lockdown restrictions would be eased for fully vaccinated residents only.

"I was really hesitant about doing a video or even speaking up about this sort of thing, but I feel like it's getting to a point now in the world where there is a lot of segregation," she began.

"There’s a lot of harsh judgement and opinions being thrown around a lot and it's taking its toll on my mental health for sure, and I know people around me are struggling, particularly if they're on the side that they don't want to get vaccinated for whatever reason."

Sam, who has over 500k followers on Instagram, explained that she spoke to her doctor and her psychologist when deciding to forgo the jab but will keep her reasons private.

"I want to tell those people that feel like they’re getting separated from society – well, I’m not vaccinated, and there’s a reason why I’m not, I’ve spoken to my doctor and my psychologist about it, and I’m going to keep it private," she said.

"It's a really hard time to be in society right now and you feel like you’re less of a human and you feel like people judge you," she continued.

"And you're too scared to talk about your opinion or talk about your feelings, and part of you wants to go, ‘Well it’s none of your damn business why I’m not!’.

"It's going to be a really hard time when vaccinated people are allowed out to do things and go to restaurants because I've made a choice."

Sam Frost selfie.
Sam said that she hopes the ‘segregation’ between the vaccinated and unvaccinated population disappears soon. Photo: Instagram/fro01

Sam also said she’s been struggling a lot with her mental health and it’s important for her to speak out as the wellbeing of others is her “biggest concern”.

“What I wish leadership would look like in this country and what I wish employers would say to their employees is ‘you still matter and you are valued and you are not less intelligent or worthy or anything because you've made a choice about your body’,” she said.

“I wish there were more people that made us feel like we were less alone.”

Sam ended the four and a half minute video acknowledging that she “could get into trouble” for what she’s said but hopes that it helps people who are in the same position as her.

“I hope that this segregation disappears and people treat each other like human beings with kindness and compassion and empathy. I really hope that happens soon.”

Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

Online support is available via Beyond Blue.

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