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Mental illness from the firsthand experience of an advocate for mental health
Mental health awareness, mental health stigma bustin’, self-help, mental health personal experiences, and more.

If you’re interested in reading some personal encounters, opinions and other various material from a sufferer of the mental illness called Bipolar Disorder and a Mental Health Advocate, you came to the right place.

Brien Blatt (Mental Health Advocate)

This site is ideal for people suffering from mental illness, their families, friends, and those who may be interested in me personally.
It may also be of interest if you are looking for mental health related information and resources in general.

Another aim of this site is to educate people about mental health – and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental disorders often experience.

I’m going to give you a view from my perspective of what it’s like to be mentally ill, how it affects me and has impacted my life in various ways.

I’d also like to bring together all that I’ve learned into one central place so that others can easily access it.
This will include things such as scientific research, coping skills, among other things.

I may not be a trained mental health professional, but the majority of those people haven’t lived this; they haven’t experienced it firsthand.
So wouldn’t you like to hear a passionate, caring mental health advocate who isn’t even paid has to say?

¬†This place exists because…

I decided to start writing about my life – both past and present – as a form of self therapy.
At the same time, I wanted to share some of my feelings and thoughts with my family and friends.
And I figured some other people may find it useful as well.

Maybe after reading through some of this, people who know me will get a better understanding of who I am, how I really feel, and why I act certain ways.
And for the people who don’t know me — maybe you can relate to me and either learn something about yourself, or someone else you care about, such as a family member.
I’ve been forcing myself to remember things about my life as I was growing up, learn how they may have affected me – and to deal with and accept them for myself.
So I’ll be sharing at least something about those experiences.

I also very much want to help end the stigma associated with mental illness, and help others who suffer with it in any way that I can.

Part of the reason I became one of many advocates for mental health is to help stop the stigma.
Living with mental disorders such as Bipolar Disorder – which I do – is not something I’d wish on my worst enemy. The things a person experiences are nearly unbearable at times, and therefore I have great empathy for others who are in the same situation.

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