Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love If you are open about your diagnosis of mental illness, most likely you are faced with more negative feedback than positive. We are labeled as damaged goods. When I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder, there were no words of encouragement or … Continue reading 5 Things Every Person with a Mental Illness Needs to Hear
Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love Many of the questions I receive are about my job as a mental health blogger. It excites me to have people reaching out for advice. I hope to see many more advocates blogging in the future. Here are 12 questions answered about … Continue reading 12 Questions Answered About Mental Health Blogging
Written by Hannah Blum, author of the Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love When we are faced with challenges, it’s hard to believe that something positive will come out of these periods of darkness, but there is. Sometimes the most important lessons in life hide in places we would never think to look. … Continue reading 9 Things Mental Illness Has Taught Me About Life
One of my favorite writers, April Green, wrote a short poem that really spoke to me.
And the moon looked down at her and said: ‘you are too full of everything that makes you whole to ever be loved in halves.’
I sent it to my friend, Sarah Snow, who is known for creating visually inspiring videos, each one with a resonating message. She was just as inspired, and we connected with April. Sarah, alongside artist Donna Adi, created a video with a profound message about what it’s like when the person you love doesn’t love you back. Continue reading “Life with Mental Illness: Why Do We Accept Being Loved in Halves?”
Guest Feature Written By Paul James Mental illness is a hard conversation to have with those around us, even when it’s with our significant other. People tend to hold tightly onto the most fragile aspects of their lives. I have learned this from being in a relationship with my girlfriend who struggles with depression. My … Continue reading 6 Ways to Help Your Partner Struggling with Depression
Written by Hannah Blum 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 everything suddenly everything is kind of muted a green. The … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe: What You Didn’t Know About Her Life with Mental Illness
As someone who lives with bipolar disorder, trust me I understand what it is like to feel too much and fall too hard in both love and life. Also, I know how it feels to be rejected, taken advantage of or punished for this way of communicating with others. Whether you have a mental illness or not, many of us can relate to the self-doubt, constant questioning and shame that comes with acting on our emotions. To the women who feel too much and fall too hard, here are five reasons you should not feel ashamed. Continue reading “To the Women Who Feel Too Much and Fall Too Hard: 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Feel Ashamed”
Written by Hannah Blum, author of The Truth About Broken: The Unfixed Version of Self-Love Self-harm is not something I talk about often, however, it is part of my past and my journey living with bipolar disorder. I can tell you that it was not a cry for help. No one noticed, and the majority of those … Continue reading A Creative Alternative to Self-Harm That Works
I jumped from the couch spilling cereal all over my shirt reaching for my computer both excited and in disbelief when I saw my moms text message, “Must check out this restaurant-Van Gogh is Bipolar!” A small restaurant located in the Philippines named after Vincent van Gogh and designed to capture features of a bipolar mind.
These are the stories of people living with bipolar disorder that get left out of the mainstream media. These are the stories that could one day create a much larger platform for individuals living with mental illness to feel empowered by what makes them different. I have spent the last couple days gathering information about this restaurant, but to start for those of you who are curious about Van Gogh’s connection to bipolar disorder let me explain. Continue reading “‘Van Gogh Is Bipolar’ Cafe: How a Restaurant Explores and Empowers People with Bipolar”
Written by Hannah Blum You want to start a mental health Instagram account but do not know where to start? Don’t worry, you are not alone! When I published my blog and created an Instagram account (@hannahdblum), I was in the exact same boat. Instagram is an excellent platform for advocates and mental health influencers to … Continue reading Want to Start a Mental Health Instagram Account? Heres How to Do It