It wasn’t until recently that my doctor realized I had more than Depression and Anxiety as I had thought my whole life. After having kids I also started to display the symptom of Mania as well. Living with Bipolar Disorder isn’t something I’d wish on anyone. But its a part of me and it doesn’t define me. I am so much more.
March 30th is World Bipolar Day, an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. The vision of World Bipolar Day is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma and helping improve sensitivity toward the illness.
The IBPF recently contacted me after reading my post “We are Fabulous Even with Mental Illness.” Its actually one of the posts I’m most proud of because it brought together so many wonderfully passionate people who have mental illness and speak openly about it. Each of us wants to help educate and reduce the stigma.
So the IBFP decided to build on my idea and create a call to action for World Bipolar Day and asked me to be a part of it.
“We are asking the general public to submit a photo with a message that says “I am … ” and then describe something about you, who you are beyond or behind your illness, such as “I’m am proud to be me” “I am an artist” “I am successful” “I am more than my illness.” Also include your name (optional), and country. See example.”
See HERE for more info and how to submit your photos. I’m so proud to be a part of this campaign, and to be feature on the IBPF web site and newsletter announcing this program. I hope you will participate.
Let me know if you do!