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Breaking into My Life

Breaking Into My Life chronicles the impact that growing up with a mentally-ill mother had on author Michelle Dickinson-Moravek, and how she finally reclaimed herself and the life she deserved.

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Did you know…

  • In the United States, people with severe mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population on average. (Time) In Denmark, the life expectancy gap has been shown to be as high as 18.7 years with certain disorders. Psychiatric News And the differential in life expectancy is believed to be even wider in developing countries.
  • 1 in 5 people in the workplace experience a mental health condition.  (S. Department of Health and Human Services) Many more employees are caregivers.
  • More than 450 million across the globe suffer from mental illnesses (WHO)
  • By 2030, depression will be the 2nd highest cause of disease burden in middle-income and the 3rd highest in low-income countries. (WHO)
  • Only one-third of those suffering from mental illness worldwide receive treatment (Janssen)
  • 75% of those who suffer from mental illnesses develop symptoms by age 24 (Janssen)
  • More than 90% of people who complete suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder (NIH)
  • Mental and psychosocial disabilities are associated with rates of unemployment as high as 90%. (WHO)
  • Suicide is among the three leading causes of death among those ages 15-44 years in some countries, and the second leading cause of death in the 10-24 years age group. (WHO)
  • The World Economic Forum estimates that the economic impact of mental illness will total more than cancer, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses combined by 2030.




Bipolar Disorder

When Times Get Tough

Support for Caregivers

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  • hospital/health_information/ for_children_youth/Pages/when_ parent_bipolar.aspx
  • bipolar-disorder/bipolar- support/supporting-someone- with-bipolar-for-family-and- friends/
  • resourcesandtools/hr-topics/ benefits/pages/mental-health- support.aspx

Taking Care of Yourself

Landmark Worldwide – Landmark Forum (A program that helped me heal!)

This Is Not The End 

  • Inspiring Speech On Depression & Mental Health

We Can Make a Difference


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