Melanie Oldham Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth
Melanie Oldham 2013 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing by Chato Stewart
My name is Melanie Oldham. I am bipolar. I am also a wife, a mother, a court reporter.
At the age of 40, I decided I was drinking too much alcohol. I checked myself into a rehab. After five days of getting all the alcohol out of my system, they sent me home. The very next day, Thanksgiving Day 2007, I had my very first manic episode. My husband didn’t know what was wrong with me. He finally took me to the hospital and they started running tests thinking I had a brain tumor.
I read everything I could find on the subject. I discovered the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) website. I even attended their conference in Houston. That is where I met Chato Stewart. I became friends with him on Facebook and read his columns on PsychCentral.
He encouraged me to enter the Facing Us Video Contest. I did, and I won. What an honor.LP 14 – Sweet Pea 11 – Precious 10 and Belly 7
Mentalympians is a mental health community development initiative to raise awareness of mental health recovery, inspire hope, reduce self-stigma, foster recovery and also connect individuals who are interested in campaigning for mental health reform.
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Bonus My kids’ Drawings:LP 14*
Coming SoonSweet Pea 11 * Sweet Pea 11 Precious 10 *Precious 10 Belly 7*Belly 7
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Stewart, C. (2013). Melanie Oldham Mental Health Hero #MentalHealthMonth. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 1, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2013/05/melanie-oldham-mental-health-hero-mentalhealthmonth/