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.

 

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ABOUT SISTERS IN MENTAL ILLNESS:

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.

 

 

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Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley grew up in Northern BC in her family-built log home with loads of brothers. Her childhood was filled with snow, skates, hockey and huskies. Shaley has always had a small town heart with big city dreams. She is married to Rob and put down roots in PoCo with their smart and sassy tween girls. Shaley has no inner monologue, never follows a recipe and has the biggest hair in any room. Hands down. Shaley invests her heart into her family, her community and her world. She works as an elementary school teacher and an event planner. She is fiercely passionate about helping the next generation become peacemakers and world changers. She brings beauty and order to Women’s Events and everyday life. She believes in sisterhood and women telling their stories without judgement. She follows Jesus and believes that love always ALWAYS wins. Come follow her ramblings on Instagram at @shaley_hoogs and messybeautywithshaley @
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