As a mental health advocate, Julie Kraft shares further about her personal journey surrounding mental health and joins us again as this week’s guest. Julie tells about what it meant for her to share her story publicly on social media. The stigma that surrounds bipolar disorder, and mental illness in general, forced her to keep her diagnosis in the shadows for so long, wondering what those around her would think and the judgement that would come with each person that she told. Julie encourages each of us to open up and let God use our story, even when it hurts because even when it doesn’t make sense, he still has control of our lives.
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.