Hi, I’m JaneA Kelley, an award-winning author, blogger, and mental health advocate. I was one of the first cat bloggers–actually, one of the first bloggers with a public presence. I started my cat advice blog, Paws and Effect, on LiveJournal back in 2003. By day I work for a small boutique digital marketing firm, focusing on content creation and strategy.

I also live with bipolar disorder and PTSD.

As I worked to advocate for myself in the treatment of my mental illnesses, I began to see that I was in a unique position: very few people have the opportunity to be a mental health advocate who not only lives with a mental illness but is able to be open about that mental illness with my employer. It’s my goal to see the stigma around mental illness destroyed and to help employers understand what employees really need in terms of mental health (hint: It’s not a free subscription to a mindfulness app).

My memoir, Still Alive, Still Smiling, is due out in 2023.