Jenna’s Amazing Story! From Suicide Attempt to Recovery…

I’ve been given a lot of labels since I was 17 years old;. psychotic, alcoholic, drug addict, bulimic, cutter, depressed, and labeled as having post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, and . My Teen Years When I was 13 years old, I began experiencing hypo-mania with lots of energy and really […]

Check out Andrea AKA Bipolar Babe’s Message of Stomping out Stigma

Andrea AKA Bipolar Babe’s Story – I am Worthy, Lovable and Appreciated! Go to Bipolar Babes Blog For Story. 🙂 Hello, my name is Andrea Paquette and I am known as the Bipolar Babe in the mental health community. I founded the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia by launching www.bipolarbabes.com and from the beginning my mandate has been to stomp out […]

My Bipolar Paradox

Appreciating the clouds as the sun shines on my face, Still frames in my mind of thoughts I cannot erase. Feelings of home, remembering all the places I’ve been, Falling in and out of love, only to lose and never win. Even if I am held close, I will still feel so alone. Mired in […]

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A Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Brought Salvation

My story begins at the age of 16 or 17. I always knew that there was something not quite right within myself as things did not seem ‘perfect’. My mind was racing and I would need to seek out a quiet place, close my eyes and focus on something. I never spoke of these racing thoughts. […]

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Valleys – A Poem by Bipolar Babe

As we travel in the boundless land of life, We carry our baggage of sorrow, regret and strife. We ask the ‘what ifs’ and lay in the valleys of doubt, Allowing ourselves to feel turned inside out. We look back at our shadow that taunts, It paints ugliness and weakness – it haunts. We can […]

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Sun Life Financial Features Bipolar Babe

“At 39, Andrea Paquette has gotten a handle on her bipolar disorder. But it’s been a difficult journey. The founder and executive director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia and Bipolar Babes, a charity aimed at boosting awareness and removing the stigma associated with the condition, was diagnosed at 25. “I had a […]

A Story of a Bipolar Babe on World Bipolar Day

On this day I recognize all of the people in the world that live with bipolar disorder. I feel every one of us has a very important story to share with the world. It is often in the depths of our depression and challenges where we often realize the pleasure of just being able to […]

A Poem from a 17 year girl Living with Bipolar Disorder

I thank this young woman for her contribution to the Bipolar Babes website and sometimes we have to really feel the darkness to appreciate the light. Sometimes, it is okay to not be okay…   The seed depression is a small black seed planted amongst the vast garden of windflowers we call our brains the […]

VLOG: Thank you for Visiting the new Bipolar Babes Website!

Hello friends, I want to offer you a personal thank-you and big hug for visiting our new Bipolar Babes website. As we conclude the year 2015, we have reached amazing heights with the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia with the impacting Bipolar Babes Programs. In 2009, it all began with my own quirky and […]

Stop Mental Illness Halloween Stigma by Drella, 19 yrs. and Living w/ Bipolar

When I logged into Facebook today, I felt my heart drop at the sight of a post a friend of mine had made, it was a photo she had taken when she had gone shopping for a Halloween costume.   Three costumes, titled "Insane Asylum", "Skitzo" and "Psycho Ward". A straight jacket, an orange jumpsuit […]

Musings of My Memoir Waiting to be Born

I have been writing a book…for 10 years. I know in my heart that this is one thing that I can and will achieve. This is one of my most valuable dreams – to write my own memoirs about my lived experience with bipolar disorder.  I have written over 100 pages so far, mostly in […]

Resilency in our Learnings from the Bipolar Youth Action Project’s Forum 1

In the first event of its kind, 21 youth participants aged 16 to 25 from Vancouver Island came together on a summer day to focus on, and share strategies for, living well and with resilience. All the youth participants shared a diagnosis of bipolar disorder (BD), as do all 7 members of our Youth Action […]

Why is the Bipolar Youth Action Project Cool? Author, Melissa – BYAP Youth Lead

The VERY rough idea behind the Bipolar Youth Action Project (BYAP) is that it is a research study that addresses, well… Bipolar disorder.​ But for youth. Obviously. So what makes this project cool? It’s that it’s actually asking youth with bipolar disorder how they manage their disorder themselves! Why is this so important? Well, because it’s an […]

The First Bipolar Youth Action Project Forum by Anna Graham, Youth Peer Researcher

After careful planning and organization, the day for the first Bipolar Youth Action Project finally arrived. We set out to make our mark in the world of bipolar disorder (BD) research and we were ready to make it happen. Our goal was to find out what helped youth with BD to live meaningful and healthy […]

'To Write Love on Her Arms' Reminds Me of a Beautiful Friend…

I have heard of the ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ non-profit organization before, and I have heard of Jamie Tworkowski from a beautiful friend of mine who sings his praises. It was not until tonight that I sat down and read Jamie’s first written story that ignited the ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’ […]

Thank you for My 'Courage to Come Back Award'

I am so grateful and honoured to be the 2015 Courage to Come Back Award Winner, a provincial award given by Coast Mental Health. I was chosen in the Mental Health Category recognizing my life’s challenges and coming back from the depths of my illness, and now helping others in their journey. I attended the […]

Simplifying Your Life for the Benefit of your Mental Health

Recently, I have decided to simplify my life for the benefit of my mental health. For the first time, I have pulled back from many things and I have realized that I give to much to others and very little to myself. I jump into people's problems and lives upon their request for help, and […]

My Personal Story – Alan- Bipolar Youth Action Project Member

Sometimes there is a fire burning and smoldering inside of me. But often, I feel stuck: Destructive habits of thought and inaction can keep me from connecting fully with life's opportunities. Tracing the roots of this, I can see that my emotional brain was largely shaped, shaken and formed in my teens. Despite having moved […]

Embracing all that is Uncertain and Temporary..then we can Truly Begin to Live

As of late, I have been pondering and accepting that life is uncertain on so many fronts, not just for those who have a mental illness. Relationships fail, finances falter, our health fades and the certainty of life that we once believed in seems to unravel as we spiral through life. Why the Ponder Things […]

Laying the Groundwork – Klara Woldenga, Bipolar Youth Action Project Co-lead

In our research meeting we laid the ground work for what the research study is about. We discussed the goals of the research project and the possible conflicts we could encounter along the way. We got to know each other better through group exercises which involved writing down goals and obstacles on post-it notes which […]