Tribute to Author & Advocate Bebe Moore Campbell; 3 Lessons for People Fighting Bipolar or Depression & Those Who Love Them

In this podcast, we honor the late great African American author and mental health advocate, Bebe Moore Campbell.  Though she died in 2006, her legacy lives on today.  In 2008, Congress declared July Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.  In this tribute, I reenact (with the help of friends) 2 scenes from her spellbinding novel, 72 Hour Hold.  We unpack 3 lessons for
anyone fighting bipolar or depression or anyone who loves someone fighting this battle
.  72 Hour Hold is about a mom (Keri) fighting for her daughter (18-year old Trina) who is in the trenches of bipolar disorder. Podcast features Swing Low, Sweet Chariot; Mavis Staples & Lucky Peterson deliver a bouncy rendition.

Your Thoughts?:

  • Can you relate to Keri's unconditional love for her daughter despite Trina's manic outbursts?
  • Can you use any of the 3 lessons in either 1) fighting bipolar disorder or depression or 2) loving someonewho is fighting these illnesses?

--Jessica Lynn Gimeno

Wanna hear the rest of the Minority Mental Health series?

--Click here for Hanh's Story Pt 1 (of 2): Daughter of Vietnamese-American Immigrants Discusses How Both Cultures Impacted Her Bipolar Disorder

--Hanh's Story Pt 2 (of 2)

--Click here for Victor's Story Pt 1 (of 2): Puerto Rican American Pastor Discusses Depression & Bipolar in His Family

--Victor's Story Pt 2 (of 2)

--Melody's Story Pt 1 (of 2): Iranian-American Muslim Author & Attorney Busts Bipolar Stigma & Islamophobia

--Melody's Story Pt 2 (of 2)

Interested in learning more about National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (July)?  Click here to see NAMI's website (National Alliance on Mental Illness)!

You may also like:

podcast "5 Things NOT to say + 5 Things TO SAY to a Depressed Person"

article "3 Bipolar Myths; How Catherine Zeta-Jones is Changing the Face of Bipolar Disorder"

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