During Marc’s freshman year at Syracuse University, he had a psychotic episode. He was hospitalized and spent a semester on medical leave. After returning to school, Marc worked his way back onto the Dean’s List and in 2007 was recognized by the Harry S. Truman Foundation as one of the country’s 65 top future public servants in his graduating class. Currently, he is a graduate student at the Clinton School of Public Service. From January 2009 to January 2010, he worked as a chapter coordinator for Active Minds. Most recently he served as a field organizer for Mark Critz for Congress in Pennsylvania.
His blogging experience includes serving as Students.BarackObama.com blog director, a Change/Wire blog editor, US Public Service Academy blog director, and contributing blogger to the V3 Campaign. Marc is excited to be a member of the BC2M team and invites you to check out his personal blog on living with bipolar disorder, BipolarRealities.com.
Jeremy has been working as a mental health advocate since 2002. He began his early work while in high school as a co-founder of Caring, Outreach, and Prevention for Everyone (COPE), a program dedicated to educating his community about the warning signs of suicide and depression. He also served on his town’s Substance Abuse Prevention Commission and its Suicide Prevention Grant Committee as the sole student liaison to both organizations.
In college, Jeremy became the Founding President of Active Minds at UConn, dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health on college campuses. From there, he was selected to serve on the Active Minds’ Student Advisory Committee comprised of fifteen student leaders from across North America, and quickly elected President by his peers. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in political science and sociology, he worked as the Director of Marketing for Energy Inside. He currently serves on the Active Minds Alumni Network’s Executive Council and Co-chairs the Fundraising and Communications Committees, as well as the Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board.
Linea is 25 years old and a recent college graduate from Seattle University. At the age of 19 Linea was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, leading her to pursue a career in mental health awareness, specializing in youth advocacy. Today she spends most of her time speaking nationally about mental health, advocacy, youth voice, and transition. She has recently accepted an offer from Saint Martin’s Press to publish her first book. Visit Linea’s website here: www.lineacinda.com, and her personal blog here: lineajohnson.blogspot.com
Linea’s Favorite Youth Friendly Resources
- NAMI’s Strength Of Us: Wonderful social networking website for young adults living with mental health conditions
- The Jed Foundation’s Half of Us: A campaign raising awareness of the prevalence of mental health conditions on college campuses while offering support, resources, education, and personal stories.
- Active Minds: Utilizes student voice to spread mental health awareness on campuses around the country.
- Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation’s FlipSwitch: Helping youth in their teens and 20s connect and better understand depression and bipolar disorder.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance’s Facing Us: A wellness tracking tool that provides inspiration and support for people living with mood disorders.
Keith was born on November 10, 1960, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1983 and practiced law for three years. He then attended University College London, England, and obtained his Master in Laws in 1987. Keith returned to practice until 2003 at which time he was diagnosed with depression. He lost his health and career in the span of 5 days.
Keith has recovered and in the last two years he has become a mental health advocate. He has spoken at two national conferences in Canada and presented a speech in his hometown at the 5th Annual Living With Mental Illness Conference before an audience of 550. Keith has had articles appear in publications of the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Keith thinks it is important, perhaps even incumbent on those who can, to speak / write about mental illness, for all to benefit.