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LAUNCH | Friends: How Do You Cope When Your Friend Has Bipolar Disorder
Fri. 4 November 2016, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm AEDT
Please join us in celebrating the launch of Julia Busquets' book Friends: How Do You Cope When Your Friend Has Bipolar Disorder, with a reading from the author herself! Also included; a book signing, good company and even food and drinks.
Her own heartfelt account as a person with Bipolar Disorder is at times funny, serious and insightful. But, this book also tells the stories of her friends' experiences and it manages to use these stories in a way that makes it possible to better understand someone with Bipolar Disorder.
"Friends: How Do You Cope When Your Friend Has Bipolar Disorder is about helping those who are friends with someone living with bipolar disorder. Friendships are quite difficult to maintain when you have bipolar disorder, so it is very special when you find people willing to go through the highs and the lows with you. My friends have given their views on how they deal with me and what they do when the chaos and intensity become too much for them. The one thing they all say is, even when it becomes too much, they would never walk away."
“After eight years of battling to overcome the stigma and behaviours that creeped up, I came to a point of acceptance and now want to help people on their own journey of living with bipolar disorder. My saving grace is the people who have surrounded me and protected me from judgment, criticism, and stigma.
“I have accepted me and my illness now. I am happy with me and proud of what I have achieved, despite all that has gone on. I am happy to stand up and talk about my journey with mental illness and I am happy to stand before people letting them truly know what it is like to have a diagnosis like this.”