Sisters in Mental Illness: Navigating Creativity, Faith & Bipolar II (with Julie Kraft)




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“Sit down. Cast aside your insecurities. The world needs our stories.

This month Shaley talks to Julie Kraft, an author and mental health advocate. Julie, who has Bipolar II, talks about how she juggled her creative projects, personal life and mental health; how her faith has evolved through her mental health journey; finding the correct language around mental health and illnesses; and her commitment to sharing her story.


About Julie:

Julie Kraft is a Canadian author, artist, and mental health advocate devoted to spreading awareness and shattering stigma. Since her bipolar II diagnosis in 2010, Julie has come to a place of fully embracing her bipolar mind- she credits it with allowing her to live a vibrant and full life. Julie is thrilled to have published her memoir, The Other Side of Me, as well as a children’s book, Tilda Whirl- both in an effort to start the conversation on mental health at all ages! She has also contributed to publications for Psych Central, Psycom, and BP Hope magazine. Julie currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children. Follow her on her website, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.




One in four people struggle with a mental health disorder in our world. Sisters in Mental Illness is a vlog series where Shaley Hoogendoorn has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience of living with a mental illness. We will share ALL the stories—stories of sadness, madness, shame and struggle. The more we talk about hard things like mental health, the better we can understand and walk with and alongside our Sisters in Mental Illness. We can remind each other that our stories are not over yet. Together we can smash the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness, ONE story at a time.

If you are struggling with any mental health issues, we hope you will reach out and seek professional help.