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Celebrating World Mental Health Day»

The weekend of October 10 was jam packed with celebrations in honor of World Mental Health Day. The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts…

Did You Know?»

There was already a mental health crisis among young people, and, given what is known about the mental health impact of trauma and large-scale crises, we will likely see an increasing and lasting effects on their distress and demand for…

My Bipolar Mental Health Toolbox»

Part three in a three-part series of posts about Bipolar Disorder. I have a mental health toolbox which helps me with my bipolar self-care. This is the list of what I have and how it works: Medication – Prescribed medication…

A Happy Bipolar Ending»

Part two in a three-part series of posts about Bipolar Disorder. Can bipolars really have happy endings? The answer is yes — it really all depends on you. The old saying, “What you put into it is what you get…

My Experience with Bipolar 1 Disorder»

Part one in a three-part series of posts about Bipolar Disorder. When I first started to write about my experiences, I thought it would be easy. I would write down what my symptoms were like, describe some instances in my…

Mental Healthcare is Healthcare»

“We’d like someone to talk about mental health.” My response? “Great! But that’s a pretty broad topic… .do you have anything specific?” I asked the question, but I already knew the answer. It’s always the same answer.

What is Bipolar Really Like?»

All three types of bipolar disorder involve clear changes in mood, energy, and activity levels. Moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods.