Tell us a little about yourself.
I work, less than part time, as a Coordinated Entry Outreach Specialist with a local non-profit. I help coordinate services for people, I have, during sometime of my life, shared dorms with people on Psychiatric wards. To offset the side effects of meds (both physical, and psychiatric), I started running, and became a multi-marathon runner. The running has replaced meds as my primary medicine for mental health.
How has mental illness affected your life?
Being diagnosed with bipolar disorder has caused me to spend the better part if my adult life homeless and in mental health hospitals.
Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?
Being a part of This is My Brave allows others to see us as everyday people with feelings, artistic value, and courage.
What inspires you to stay mentally healthy?
My inspiration for staying mentally healthy is not having to live on mental health wards, being in restraints, and seclusion rooms anymore.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the show?
I'm hoping the audience gets to see both sides of life with mental illness, from being totally written off as hopeless, to getting better, and living a more stable life, and everything between.