Join me and three of my favorite mental health advocates Charlotte Kaufman, Julie Kraft, and Victoria Maxwell for an interactive discussion on the similarities and differences in how bipolar presents in males vs females. Special thanks to The Mighty for letting me use their large platform to host this important discussion.
Rudy Caseres is an award-winning mental health advocate, public speaker, and event producer. He has traveled the country delivering keynote presentations, worked with organizations such as the American Association of Suicidology, This is My Brave, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and has hosted various storytelling events in the Los Angeles area — and now, virtually. He was named one of The Mighty’s Mental Health Heroes of 2017, NAMI California 2017 Outstanding Peer of the Year, and Feed & Be Fed’s Cultivator of the Year 2019. He can be seen live-streaming monthly for The Mighty on various bipolar topics as well as on his own social media channels.
Julie Kraft is a Canadian author, artist, and mental health advocate devoted to spreading awareness and shattering stigma. Since her bipolar II diagnosis in 2010, Julie has come to a place of fully embracing her bipolar mind- she credits it with allowing her to live a vibrant and full life. Julie is thrilled to have published her memoir, The Other Side of Me, and most recently a children's book, Tilda Whirl- both in an effort to start the conversation on mental health at all ages. She has contributed to publications forPsych Central, Psycom, and BP Hope magazine, and currently co-hosts the This is Bipolar vlog and podcast. Aside from passionately advocating, her interests include painting, travelling, and scouring secondhand stores. Julie currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband and three children.
Charlotte Kaufman received a late diagnosis of bipolar disorder at age 39. She is the founder of Women Who Sail, the largest online group of women sailors in the world. In 2014, en route to the South Pacific, a medical emergency necessitated her family’s rescue at sea. The rescue brought intense media scrutiny to the idea of parenting and living aboard. Her story was featured onThis American Life and she has written inHuffPost about the experience. She is passionate about the intersection of parenting, mental health, and adventuring.
Victoria Maxwell is an award-winning mental health speaker, actor and playwright. At the age of 25 she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has since become a self-proclaimed Wellness Warrior and Bipolar Princess! She speaks on the lived experience of mental illness, recovery, workplace mental health, creativity and wellness. She’s written four theatrical keynote shows and performs them along with various workshops at conferences, corporations and community events internationally.The Mental Health Commission of Canada rates her keynote ‘That’s Just Crazy Talk’ as one of the top anti-stigma interventions in the country. Learn more about Victoria and her work and how to book her as a keynote speaker at VictoriaMaxwell.com.