The Clue Detective’s story began in 2002. Founder Catherine Eagleson, like many other people around the world, found herself in the middle of a dark, disabling depression. This would be eventually be diagnosed as Bipolar Disorder.
She was forced to give up a (librarian) job she loved. She was also told by her GP that she could only work 8 hours a week in “mainstream employment!” However, she knew she had to do something.
Catherine has always been something of an entrepreneur. While 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, they also developed her confidence. She decided to share her love puzzling puzzles with the world. In 2004, the Clue Detective Puzzle Agency was born.
Catherine has found solving puzzles provides benefits for the setter as well as the puzzler. Creating problems for other people to solve, is a challenge for her. “Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and then writing the clues is a mental work out for her, just as it is for the puzzler trying to solve them. In many ways, and it’s a form of escapism. All clues need to be researched and are somewhat eclectic. Catherine is always learning something different.
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, as well as stimulating entertainment.
Enter Australian Rotary Health
In 2006, Catherine joined the Rotary Club of Drysdale. It was soon after she became a member, she first heard about Australian Rotary Health, and their involvement with mental health research. It was then I made a resolution then if I was ever in a (Rotary) position where she could make a decision, she would do something to help ARH. The Clue Detective Puzzle Agency is now a proud sponsor of Australian Rotary Health’s Lift the Lid on Mental Illness, and is continually striving to raise awareness about mental illness in the community. Catherine has worked with ARH to develop the Puzzling for Mental Health Initiative. Clue Detective donates a percentage from the sale of all memberships to Lift the Lid on Mental Illness Campaign.