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I wrote Breaking Into My Life to help myself—along with the rest of us—better understand the world of mental illness. I hope my story of perseverance and triumph helps challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and makes mental illness more understood, treated and accepted.
My life’s purpose is to eliminate the mental health stigma once and for all! I am doing that through causing more open conversations and by empowering people and companies to cause more compassionate environments for people living with invisible disabilities. I am on a mission to cause cultures of compassion at work, in community, and in our classrooms so that everyone can be their full authentic selves and thrive in compassionate inclusive cultures!
Mental illness in families
Child caregiver role
Culture change agent in companies
Erradicating the mental health stigma
Why did you write this book?
What do you say to people who are suffering with mental illness themselves or as a caregiver? If you bring it up are they immediately offended by that?
Do people fear mental illness?
Why is this fear of mental illness unreasonable?
Whenever mental illness is discussed in the media, it’s always because a horrible thing happened. People act as if this is a one in a million experience. Considering that so many people are living with mental illness themselves or are a parent or a child of someone with mental illness, what can we do to normalize mental illness and make it relatable?
You say child caregiver for your mother who was bipolar. Explain what that experience was like.
Is it more difficult to find resources related to mental illness as opposed to other diseases?
What can people do?
The excerpt on your website is very powerful. What were your emotions while writing the book? How did you feel when it was finished?
Mental Health in the Workplace - https://youtu.be/SNGtum9uXKQ (@9:40)