You are Going to Be Ok

Bipolar is rough. It’s rough on you and it’s rough on the people around you. Take it seriously. If you feel sick, ask for help. I’ve now lived with a serious mental health disorder since age 16. I was diagnosed over 20 years ago. And it still hurts when I get sick.

You are not alone if you feel you can’t go on. That is a symptom. It doesn’t mean you can’t go on. It means you are sick and need help.

Being manic feels fun at first, but you are probably not on this page while you’re feeling GREAT! You are on this page because you are struggling. The struggle comes when the feeling great ends.

Meds help, but they are not enough.

People help, but they are not enough.

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I Made it Thought the Suicide Darkness Once Again and You Can Too

Suicidal depression is the most dangerous illness in the world. It is more dangerous than any outwardly physical illness and is in my opinion far more dangerous than war and natural disasters. How can I make such a bold statement? In all of these situations, you have a self to protect you from harm. When you have a physical illness, you have a mind that says- you will make it through this! When you are in war, you can have training and weapons to protect you or have someone on your side to protect you if you are unable to fight for yourself. When a natural disaster occurs, you can take shelter and literally ‘weather out the storm.’ I am not making light of the death that can occur from outward experiences, but I am putting forth the argument that if we want to reduce [ Read More ]

Suicide is NOT a Dirty Word



The following is a long form article on the topic of suicide and bipolar disorder by Julie A. Fast


I have a very different view of suicide. For many people it’s something shameful and scary. For me, it’s a side effect of an illness. I won’t mince words here. Bipolar disorder has a 10-20% death rate. People with bipolar disorder kill themselves because suicide is a part of the illness. I have had suicidal thoughts for all of my adult life. I have them because I have bipolar disorder. I don’t have them because something is wrong with my life.

If you have suicidal thoughts – you have them because you have an illness. There is nothing wrong with you.

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Rock Star Suicides: Let’s Stop Talking About “Demons” and Start Talking About Illness

From the Huffington Post….

My latest article in the Huffington Post talks about Chester Bennington from Linkin Park. Here is the opening:


As a society, we can recognize the symptoms of artists who are depressed and get them into treatment instead of raising up their tortured art and then wondering why they die.

Rock star suicides are nothing new. I’m reminded of Ian Curtis, Micheal Hutchence, and Curt Cobain. I recently wrote an article about the death of Chris Cornell, and sadly, I now write about the death of Chester Bennington of Linkin Park.

Once again, the world has lost a vibrant, young, and seemingly “have it all” kind of man. I want to first share my sadness at the loss of yet another person who simply didn’t need to die, but this time my heart is not breaking. This time I’m getting mad. The frustration [ Read More ]

Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense

Sometimes, people commit suicide and we are able to make some sense of why it happened. It’s scary and upsets our world, but on a basic level we think we understand. Robin William’s suicide comes to mind. He had a history of depression and his health was failing. Oh how we all wish he could have found more help, but I don’t think it was as much surprising as it was devastating and sad for the millions who loved him when he died. Then there are suicides that make no sense. The idea doesn’t fit with how we see the individual’s personal life or fit with how they describe their life in public. The partner or other loved ones are shocked and usually vehemently deny that the person was acting suicidal. Society likes to look for something deeper when they hear that the person wasn’t outwardly suicidal. A possible secret life or maybe the [ Read More ]

The Kickstarter for Hortensia and the Magical Brain is Live!

Hortensia and the Magical Brain introduces a therapeutic poetry technique that helps parents, caregivers and health care professionals lovingly talk with a child and create an open and healthy conversation around early onset mental health disorders. The poems cover the mean and nasty, scary and suicidal, angry and elated, sad and over the top thoughts and behaviors children with mental health concerns regularly experience.

Let’s shine a light on these NORMAL mental health symptoms and teach kids that they are often a result of brain chemicals that can be fixed though lifestyle changes and if needed, medical help.

This is a beautifully crafted, hard back book that was created for kids whose brains aren’t always on track. Just like mine!

Please visit our Hortensia Kickstarter page to read more about this amazing book. Pledges start at $1 and everyone receives a fun reward as a thank you!

Julie [ Read More ]

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