It's world Bipolar day, a cause very close to my heart and many others who have/are affected by this mental illness.
Nearly 600,000 people in Australia are estimated to have Bipolar yet, as a mental illness there is still a lot of stigma associated with the word 'Bipolar' which is reflected in the lack of funding the organisations that champion the cause receive.
This mental illness has a serious impact on many people in Australia and their families. It has been estimated that more than 43% of people who unfortunately end their life each year have Bipolar disorder.
We should be able to call a spade a spade and need to accept that Bipolar disorder is prevalent in our community and not supported with various charitable donations the way it should be.
There is still a lot of workplaces that discriminate against people who choose to disclose their condition to their employer, with snide comments behind their backs and unfair judgements.
From my experience, Bipolar is a very tough condition on the family however, it doesn't stop that person from being a bloody good parent and member of society.
Don't look down on anyone with Bipolar, they are just like everyone else with heightened highs, depressing lows and a creative muscle that only others could dream of most of the time.
If you would like to contribute to a cause that could use the money