Pacific Autism Family Network – Stigma-Free Zone with Ambassador Lucas Gates

Pacific Autism Family Network is the first charity in Canada to be working toward their Stigma-Free Zone designation. They have a team of Stigma-Free Champions that includes Lucas Gates, Ambassador, Laura Lombardi, Vice President, Foundation and additional staff members with the support of Co-Founders Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia. The Stigma-Free Society is excited to be working […]

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Andrea Paquette AKA Bipolar Babe – Public Salon Talk in Vancouver

Andrea Paquette, AKA Bipolar Babe, shares her personal story in a brief 8 minute talk to over 500+ people at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Children’s Mental Health Program

“Is mental health when your tooth hurts?”, this is one of the endearing answers I received when talking to grade 4’s about mental health and stigma. While I love talking to teens and adults, the elementary kids I speak to since launching our Children’s Mental Health Presentation Programming have a special place in my heart. […]

Natalie’s ‘Coming Out’ Story…

So I guess this is my ‘Coming Out’ story, as I have spent the past few years battling with my identity; the illness vs me. Now it’s time to come clean to my wider circle of friends and family, and perhaps to myself as well. The signs of bipolar were always there, a diagnosis merely […]

VGH UBC Hospital Foundation – Me Too Conversations Vol 6 – February 23

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, February 23, 2017 The statistics are not changing. One in every five Canadian is affected by mental illness and the stigma is as strong as ever. ‘Me Too’ is bringing some of the brightest minds and speakers to the table to continue the conversation and smash the stigma. Join us for […]

Jenny’s Inspiring Story – The Impact of the Teens2Twenties Support Group

Seven years ago, I met Andrea Paquette and seven years ago, she and the Bipolar babe Teens2Twenties program saved my life. Back then I wasn’t who I am today. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at the age of seven years old and it was at that age that I first attempted to commit suicide. […]

Shaw – GenWhy TV – Stigma Free Zone-Interview w/Andrea Paquette

There are numerous stigmas that exist in society such as mental illness, racism, sexual orientation, that contribute to our perceptions and attitudes of people. The Stigma-Free Zone programs support and educate individuals, especially youth, to manage their personal mental wellness. GenWhy TV talkes with Andrea Paquette at the Shaw Studio.

Andrew’s Fascinating Story: Psychosis to Recovery is not an Easy Road

My alarm clock read 3 am. I lay awake, unable to sleep. It was the fifth night in a row that I’d gone without sleep. Five nights is enough to break anybody, let alone someone in the early stages of mental illness. I’d been struggling the past few months. My grades weren’t as great as […]

Why Take Part in Giving Tuesday?

DONATE HERE 🙂 Stigma-Free Society is launching our end of year CHAMPION CAMPAIGN this #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a national day dedicated to giving. It is an initiative responding to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and is a day when Canadian charities, businesses, and individuals come together for one simple purpose: to celebrate […]

Guest Poem by Carlie Kilduff – The Voice of Depression

I am the voice of depression, speaking through an open, willing, although somewhat uncomfortable and reluctant vessel… But she is trying to make space for me, to welcome me, befriend me, setting the table for tea, wishing to speak with me I am but a messenger, a visitor Moving through your space from time to […]

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Theatre Review: Next to Normal – Langham Court, Victoria, BC – Sept 30 – Oct 15

What is Normal Anyway? Good theatre makes you laugh and cry, and this one might have you using up a few extra tissues. Tackling the highly stigmatized topic of mental illness, Langham Court Theatre’s Next to Normal shows us an intimate and at times comical peek inside the rollercoaster world of a mother’s struggle with […]

From Partying to Peace with Bipolar Disorder

From Partying to Peace with Bipolar Disorder

I was born on October 7th 1991; I was my parents’ first child and they were happily expecting me. They obviously had no idea what life had in store for them. From birth you could tell there was something different about me, I would constantly cry for hours and for no apparent reason. By 2 years […]

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Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) – Faces of Mental Illness Campaign Sponsored by Bell Let’s Talk

The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) has announced the four Canadians selected for its annual Faces of Mental Illness campaign. CAMIMH received dozens of nominations, the most ever, from across the country of people living in recovery from mental illness. Over the next year, the Faces will take part in events […]

Jenna’s Amazing Story! From Suicide Attempt to Recovery…

I’ve been given a lot of labels since I was 17 years old;. psychotic, alcoholic, drug addict, bulimic, cutter, depressed, and labeled as having post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, borderline personality disorder, and . My Teen Years When I was 13 years old, I began experiencing hypo-mania with lots of energy and really […]

Check out Andrea AKA Bipolar Babe’s Message of Stomping out Stigma

Andrea AKA Bipolar Babe’s Story – I am Worthy, Lovable and Appreciated! Go to Bipolar Babes Blog For Story. 🙂 Hello, my name is Andrea Paquette and I am known as the Bipolar Babe in the mental health community. I founded the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia by launching www.bipolarbabes.com and from the beginning my mandate has been to stomp out […]

My Bipolar Paradox

Appreciating the clouds as the sun shines on my face, Still frames in my mind of thoughts I cannot erase. Feelings of home, remembering all the places I’ve been, Falling in and out of love, only to lose and never win. Even if I am held close, I will still feel so alone. Mired in […]

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A Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder Brought Salvation

My story begins at the age of 16 or 17. I always knew that there was something not quite right within myself as things did not seem ‘perfect’. My mind was racing and I would need to seek out a quiet place, close my eyes and focus on something. I never spoke of these racing thoughts. […]

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Valleys – A Poem by Bipolar Babe

As we travel in the boundless land of life, We carry our baggage of sorrow, regret and strife. We ask the ‘what ifs’ and lay in the valleys of doubt, Allowing ourselves to feel turned inside out. We look back at our shadow that taunts, It paints ugliness and weakness – it haunts. We can […]

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Sun Life Financial Features Bipolar Babe

“At 39, Andrea Paquette has gotten a handle on her bipolar disorder. But it’s been a difficult journey. The founder and executive director of the Bipolar Disorder Society of British Columbia and Bipolar Babes, a charity aimed at boosting awareness and removing the stigma associated with the condition, was diagnosed at 25. “I had a […]

A Story of a Bipolar Babe on World Bipolar Day

On this day I recognize all of the people in the world that live with bipolar disorder. I feel every one of us has a very important story to share with the world. It is often in the depths of our depression and challenges where we often realize the pleasure of just being able to […]