I am a wife, a mother, an educator and a mental health advocate. I have lived with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder for more than half my life. I wasn’t properly diagnosed until the early 2000′s. It wasn’t until I started volunteering with a suicide prevention charity that I found my voice. I saw the effect that sharing my story had on others. For those that had lost someone to suicide, it gave them a glimpse into their loved one’s mind set. For those that lived with a mental illness, it helped them realize that they were not alone. This led to advocacy work. I thought if I could help individuals, then I could sure do something on a national and state legislative level. That is now where my passion is…educating our nation’s leaders about mental illness and how their decisions or lack of decisions effect us.