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Only one-third of those suffering from mental illness worldwide receive treatment.

I know firsthand how hard it is to cope with this disease. I spent my childhood loving a mother who suffered from bipolar disorder and who at times lived with it untreated. Her illness not only compromised her life, it compromised her family members’ lives as well.

I’m far from being alone. A whopping 14 million Americans and 450 million people across the globe suffer from mental illness. And most of those folks have loved ones who must help care for them.

I wrote Breaking Into My Life to help myself—along with the rest of us—better understand the world of mental illness. I hope my story of perseverance and triumph helps challenge and transform the “suffer in silence” dynamic, and makes mental illness more understood, treated and accepted.

Be sure to visit my new Mental Health Culture Changing Website  www.michelleedickinson.com 


"Michelle Dickinson-Moravek should be commended for candidly sharing her life story, in order to make a difference for others. Through her efforts, she is playing a major role in reducing stigma about mental illness and raising awareness about why there should not be stigma about brain disorders, thereby helping to facilitate treatment and care for those who need it."

-Husseini K Manji, MD, FRCPC

Global Head, Neuroscience

Janssen Pharmaceuticals

“Mental illness is far more common than we realize – one in four of us will experience a diagnosable mental condition at some point in our lives, from depression, anxiety and addiction to bipolar and schizophrenia. And yet we struggle in silence because of the stigma. By “breaking into” her own life, Michelle helps the rest of us break out of our destructive isolation. The truth is we know what works in treating most mental illnesses, if only we can open up and get the help we need. Michelle’s story helps remove the stigma so that more people seek and receive the care they deserve without fear or shame.”

- Craig Kramer, Mental Health Ambassador and Chair of the Global Campaign on Mental Health, Johnson & Johnson

"Michelle Dickinson-Moravek's Breaking Into My Life is as painfully revealing as it is uplifting. In her brutally candid memoir, Michelle relives what it was like to grow up as the child of a bipolar mother, and how that experience continued to compromise her adulthood years later. Her efforts to ultimately claim the life she wanted rather than simply coming to terms with the life she had will hopefully inspire many others to do the same."

-Linden Gross, bestselling writer & writing coach, owner of One Stop Writing Shop, LLC