Marilyn Monroe-What You Didn’t Know About Her Journey with Mental Illness

Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love In 1961, a year before her death, Marilyn Monroe wrote a six-page letter letter to her psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson about her time at Payne-Whitney’s psychiatric ward. Just now when I looked out the hospital window where the snow had covered…

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6 Truths About People with a Mental Illness

Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love Mental health is a topic that many people in society think they know so much about when in reality they know too little. Ignorance is the most devastating illness that plagues our society. The only cure is knowledge, so let me save…

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Beautiful with a Bipolar Mind: An Interview with Author Julie Kraft

One of the best parts of being a mental health advocate is the connections you make to others with a similar passion for life and mental health. I was thrilled when Julie Kraft, author of the incredible book, The Other Side of Me: Memoir Of a Bipolar Mind, agreed to share part of her story with me. She…

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Keeping Faith and Living with Bipolar: An Interview with ‘Bipolar Brave’ Author Katie Dale

This past May, I was fortunate enough to go to a Mental Health Influencer Summitt in sunny San Diego, California. It gave me the opportunity to meet advocates from all over the US. This is where I met Katie Dale, author of the blog, Bipolar Brave: Power, Love & Sound Mind. Katie is beautiful, and her…

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Then & Now: A Story About Friendship and Mental Illness

It was six years ago that I had my first major episode with bipolar disorder while in College.  I was  living with a group of girls who this story is about. In the last month before I withdrew from school, I kept my struggle hidden from others, especially myself.  Two days before I left, my…

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Dear Dad: A Letter From Your Daughter With Bipolar

Dear Dad: A Letter From Your Daughter With Bipolar The first man who had his heart broken by me was my father. One day the little girl who danced to the beat of her drum was laying in a hospital bed, withering away. My father has always kept me safe, but there was one person…

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Inside the Mind of a Woman With Bipolar Disorder

If you are looking for me to say how much I hate my life with bipolar 2 disorder, you will not find it in this post. It does not define me, but it is a significant part of who I am. If you erase bipolar, you erase me as a whole. I am never going…

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A Love Story at a Mental Hospital: We Weren’t Falling in Love, We Were Falling in Life

The day I arrived at the mental hospital, the last thing on my mind was the status of single guys at the facility. I don’t think these types of places have a location status on Bumble. However, it’s in the places unknown and unfamiliar to us that we meet some of the most important people along…

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The Moment I Realized Mental Illness Is Real

It was the tenth day at the mental health facility, and I sat at across from 5 doctors giving me the same lecture. Doc:  “Hannah, we are not releasing you, until you understand that you have bipolar II disorder and agree to following up with treatment.” Me:  “I do understand. I just want to go…

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