On this week’s episode, Julie Kraft shares about her personal journey surrounding mental health. Julie experienced the undoing of her life after so many years of trying to do it on her own, leading to a formal diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder. She explains what it is, what it means for her and what her life looks like now versus then. Julie also offers advice on how we can be respectful in helping those who might be struggling with mental illness. She learned the name bipolar gave her a reason for certain behaviours and tendencies but, not an excuse. Julie is an example for us all on how we can learn how to live our lives to glorify God, bipolar 2 disorder or not.
Who’s Our Guest?
Julie Kraft is a Canadian author 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 embracing her ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ bipolar mind. She credits it with allowing her to live a vibrant and full life. Julie’s memoir, The Other Side of Me, was published in 2017. 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.
Julie’s memoir, The Other Side of Me, was published in 2017 and you can watch the Book Trailer below. If you would like to get a copy, you can go to www.juliekraft.com/buy-now.
To find out more about Julie, you can head to her website, www.juliekraft.com, where she’s made more of her story available and has different resources for you, as well. You can also follow her on Instagram @Julie.Kraft.author or on Facebook, Julie Kraft.
Julie is also involved with Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries where she is part of the Sanctuary Course which is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. As an eight-week study guide for small groups, the Sanctuary Course allows other believers to gather and contribute to a dialogue on mental health. For more information, you can go to www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org, or take a look at the video below.