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.

You have an illness that has suicidal thoughts as a symptom. If [ Read More ]

The Bipolar Road to ………..

We are on a journey. Some people get a rather straight path. They live their lives and have the worries and struggles of the every day person. Some of us get a treacherous mountain journey. We never think we can climb that far. The path never lets us know what is coming. We struggle. Each time I make it through yet another dangerous mood swing, I am reminded that people with mental health disorders are stronger than most. We are interesting. We look for new ways to stay alive. We try and try and try unlike any people I have ever met. Look at this road. It reaches the destination! Bravo for us! I am sick today and that is ok. It is part of my illness. My focus is impossible and I [ 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 ]