Content warning: This episode DOES discuss some serious topics, including suicide. If you are experiencing some of those feelings yourself, please reach out to a professional for help. You can always reach The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
We talk a lot on this podcast about asking for help - when you notice you’re struggling with your mental health. And that can be a really hard step to take. But then, what happens when you ask for help, and the help you receive isn’t what’s best for you and your brain?? Unfortunately, that does happen. You can be prescribed the wrong meds, diagnosed with the wrong mental illness, or given the wrong treatment - and that can be really dangerous.
That happened to Sheila Hamilton's husband. And now she’s devoted her entire career to breaking down the stigma around mental illness and changing the system, through her podcast, Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, her web series, Chasing Chaos, and her book, All the Things We Never Knew: Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness.
So in this episode, we talk to Sheila about what she’s learned about Bipolar Disorder, some of the misconceptions about mental illness and suicide, and what she hopes the mental health system will look like someday.
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