World Bipolar Day

I am ashamed to admit that I did not know that today is World Bipolar Day.  Nobody sent me a Bipolar Day card.  Also, so far there has been no cake.

I found out from a Reddit AMA – Reddit AMA Dr. Steven Barnes, PhD – Dr. Erin Michalak, PhD

International Society for Bipolar Disorders

https://www.isbd.org/world-bipolar-day

World Bipolar Day Official Site

http://www.worldbipolarday.org/

 

“The vision of World Bipolar Day is to bring world 
awareness to bipolar disorders and to eliminate social stigma.”

 

Although this is specific to bipolar, it also addresses stigma for all people with mental illness.  Most of us suffer from stigma in one way or another, and a community can help tremendously.

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I’ve done this climb, I promise you will need to stop and take a breath. May be a heavy-handed metaphor, but a good visual I think.

 

You are not alone.

There are many resources for you, so many people who have dedicated their lives to keep you safe and to educate those who are not dealing with mental illness.

Don’t forget self-care.  What do you enjoy?  What makes you smile and feel good?  Can you get out and take a walk?  Read a good book?  Make some art?  Enjoy a giant collection of a mouthless white kitty that makes you so happy you nearly burst when you get a new one?

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Happy place!

If it is too much right now, and you are past the point of activities making you happy, here are some additional links for you.

You are not alone.

 

National Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

1-800-273-8255

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

 

 

 

 

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