On June 6, 2018 my first published article was released through OC87 Recovery Diaries about my journey with bipolar and how much support groups have helped me. Please take a moment to check it out if you haven’t already!
A lot went into this article finally coming out and more details about that will be coming soon in a guest blog post for Julie A. Fast, one of my first inspirations in the world of mental health advocacy. I’m so glad that I’m in a place where I can’t put my story out there publicly to help break the stigma. I know many others can’t YET due to work, or issues with family and friends. But we’re working toward a day where stigma around mental health will be a thing of the past and we’ll all be able to talk about it. We’re working toward a day where suicide numbers will be going down because people will feel like they can get help without feeling shame.
If you are in a place where you don’t feel like you can discuss your mental health struggles openly then please try out a local or online support group! DBSA has some amazing options and Gabe Howard runs my favorite closed Facebook group for Depression and Bipolar. And if you are in a place where you feel comfortable discussing a mental health diagnosis openly, please do! We need to work together to bust the stigma!
If you have any questions at all about support groups or if you or a loved one is struggling, please feel free to reach out to me!