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Community Health Leaders

In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to cope with bipolar every day, brings you frequent articles, points of view, and advice from leading health leaders and experts.

Current Health Leaders

Wendy Ascione-Juska

Wendy Ascione-Juska is a mental wellness advocate based in Michigan. She was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in 2006 and was hospitalized for mania before finding balance with medication and therapy. Once stabilized, she began sharing her mental health journey with others. Read more.

Lindsay Anderson

Lindsay Anderson is the founder of Consciously Coping, a mental illness advocate, and the creator of #transparencytuesday. As an African American woman who is clinically diagnosed with bipolar disorder, sharing her success and struggles within the mental health community is an honest passion. Read more.

Lee Formella

Lee Formella was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder, Generalized Anxiety, and Complex PTSD after 20+ years of rock bottoms; blackouts, gambling, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, and failure.. Life was entirely about survival, not learning life skills, coping skills, or emotional regulation. In the 4+ years since then, he has found peace and stability through the help of his family, professional support team, education, and an incredible amount of self-control, hard work, and resiliency. Read more.

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Dennis Heil

My name is Dennis Heil, and I'm diagnosed with Type 2 Bipolar Disorder and High-Functioning Autism. I started Bipolar cycling back in 1994ish, lived undiagnosed until 2009ish with all of the fun things that go along with it. Read more.

Vasavi Kumar

Vasavi Kumar is a first-generation Indian immigrant raised on Long Island, NY. When she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 19, she made it her mission to understand how her mind works, starting with making room to hear herself think. Read more.

Lianca Lyons

Lianca Lyons is a mental health patient advocate living with her Bipolar Disorder II diagnosis for 10 years. As a 45-year-old African American woman born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, her mantra from the day of her diagnosis has been: I Vocalize to Normalize and Destigmatize. Read more.

Birdie Thorn

Birdie Thorn lives with Bipolar 2 Disorder. She is a mental health advocate, writer, and content creator. She has made it her mission to bring awareness to mental health disorders and show that you can coexist with Bipolar in a healthy manageable way. Read more.

Natasha Tracy, B.Sc.

Natasha Tracy, B.Sc., lives with bipolar disorder and is a mental health thought leader and subject matter expert in bipolar disorder. She is an award-winning writer, speaker, and consultant. Read more.

Andrea Vassilev

Andrea Vassilev is an advocate, speaker, and writer. In advocacy work, Andrea is passionate about eradicating the stigma surrounding bipolar disorder. Read more.

Julie Liddell Whitehead

Julie Liddell Whitehead lives and writes from Mississippi. Her debut fiction collection, HURRICANE BABY: STORIES, is forthcoming from Madville Publishing in August 2024. She writes on topics concerning mental health, mental health education, and mental health advocacy. Read more.

Chaundra Moon Williams

Chaundra Moon Williams was born in 1979, in the city of Compton, California. Anxiety and depression followed Chaundra throughout most of her adult life. As a result, self-care became her first priority, which she believes helped lead to the correct diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder in 2015. Read more.

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