By Jason Messick on January 13, 2024
Fort Collins, CO – John Poehler, the CEO and founder of The BiPolar Battle would like to ask you to prepare to embark on a journey of leading, fulfilling lives, and supporting each other.
John says, “As an award-winning mental health advocate, I work tirelessly to raise awareness about bipolar disorder and unveil the secrets to successful treatment and management.
“Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1999, I bring decades of personal experience living with the condition.
“Throughout my journey, I’ve uncovered incredible tools and strategies to conquer bipolar disorder. Get ready to join me on this captivating adventure!
“The Bipolar Battle is all about empowering individuals with bipolar disorder; let me tell you, we’re up to something fascinating! Sit tight, and let me walk you through it.
“First off, we’ve got this fantastic blog of mine. It’s free and packed with over 170 articles (and counting!). You’ll find all sorts of helpful information, from mood charts to lifestyle tips and everything in between.
“But wait, there’s more! We’re currently revamping our master class, so get ready for an incredible learning experience coming your way soon. And that’s just some of it – I’m even working on getting certified as a coach. Why? So I can lend a helping hand to those with bipolar disorder, depression, and other mood disorders. Trust me, one-on-one coaching is where the real magic happens.
“So buckle up, my friend. The Bi-Polar Battle is here to revolutionize how we navigate mental health and bring support to those who need it most. Stay tuned for more updates!”
We sat down with John for a quick interview.
Why do you do what you do?
“Dealing with bipolar disorder is like riding a rollercoaster—complicated and filled with trial and error. I’ve spent over two decades experimenting with diverse therapies, coping strategies and skills. Sharing these experiences with my readers allows them to skip the grueling trial-and-error process. Hopefully, I can help them shave off a few years of uncertainty and find the right path faster. Join me on this journey as we navigate the twists and turns together!”
How did you get the idea for your business?
“You won’t believe it, but I started my blog in 2017. Can you imagine? At the time, I had been keeping my illness a secret for years because, well, there’s this massive stigma surrounding mental health. No joke. I’m serious. When I finally mustered up the courage to tell a few friends after my diagnosis in 1999, their response was far from stellar. So, I decided to keep it low and only confide in my closest loved ones.
“But then something happened in 2017 that changed everything. My mother-in-law passed away, and it made me question why I wasn’t using my love for helping people to the fullest. That’s when I had this brilliant idea: start a blog where I share my personal experiences and insights, one topic at a time. Little did I know how much it would take off. I stumbled upon these incredible mental health communities on social media, especially Twitter.
“My advocacy caught the attention of WeGo Health, and they gave me an award in 2019. They flew me to Las Vegas, can you believe it? I even wrote a book about bipolar disorder called “This War Within My Mind” in 2020. I couldn’t stop there. I also launched my very own podcast. It’s been an incredible journey. So, going back to your question, my blog started with a simple goal: to share my experiences and help others.
“When I hit the publish button, people started contacting me, sharing their stories and asking for advice. It was a wake-up call, realizing how much this kind of support is needed. That’s why I turned it into a nonprofit. Let me be honest—I’m not swimming in cash over here, but the nonprofit allows me to bring in some funding to help people needing it. One time, I even partnered with Teva Pharmaceuticals, who make antidepressants and Tardive Dyskinesia medications. Their support has been unique, allowing me to do much more for the cause.”
Do you have any special awards or certifications?
“Mental Health Recognition:
If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing assistance with bipolar disorder, what would it be?
“Finding someone who genuinely understands is crucial – not just any regular coach. Countless coaches are claiming to specialize in mental health, but if you need guidance on bipolar disorder, seek out someone or a nonprofit dedicated to it. The individuals running it should have firsthand experience because they comprehend the struggle. It’s common sense.
“Why settle for someone who can’t relate to not wanting to get out of bed during depressive episodes or being sleep-deprived while experiencing hallucinations? Not everyone can truly understand or grasp these experiences. Psychosis may be a known concept, but personally sharing it gives me an intimate knowledge of what it entails. How do you manage it? What coping mechanisms work? These are the answers you need.”
Whether it’s you or someone you know grappling with bipolar disorder, The Bipolar Battle is here to lend a hand. Join us in the fight, offer your support, and make a difference in the daily battle against this condition.
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