See what isn’t seen

Lately I’ve been asked to do interviews and write on my struggle with bipolar disorder. I do so because I want people to better understand the illness as well as provide some hope to those who are afflicted by it. The following are contributions I’ve made recently to the discussion of mental wellness generally and bipolar specifically:

I wrote a guest blog post for disability.gov, an organization committed to connecting the disability community to information and opportunities. This was arranged through Wayne Connell, executive director of Invisible Disabilities, a critical voice in the world of disability that isn’t readily apparent on the outside. I am on the executive board:

Read it here>>

I did a video interview through the Carson J Spencer foundation, an organization committed to educating on and preventing suicide. One of its primary focal points is to help people be more passionate about life.

View it here>>

One out of five people has a mental illness. They are often invisible and misunderstood. Stereotypes and preconceived notions run rampant. Yet, everybody has challenges that they deal with everyday. We’re all in this together and we need each other to live fully in this journey called life.

What are your thoughts? What connection, if any, do you have to mental illness?

Posted in adaptation, Attitude, depression, despair, Hope, Jeff Vankooten, Joy, resilience
  • Sherri

    Thank you for sharing your story, Jeff! What an inspiration to others who battle bipolar and those who care about them! Your words are enlightening, information and encouraging! Great work!

    • Sherri

      *informative

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