I’m JaneA Kelley, an award-winning author, blogger, and social media expert. I’m a dedicated cat rescue volunteer, and I’m equally dedicated to using my white privilege to lift up people and communities that don’t look like me.
I also live with bipolar disorder and PTSD.
I realized recently that I live in a place of unique privilege: My employer knows I have bipolar disorder, and they’ve supported me through several hospitalizations, given me the latitude I’ve needed in order to manage my illness, and treated me like a regular person even though I have a “scary” mental illness. That has allowed me to be public about my illness, in my writing, on my website, and on social media, and work as a mental health advocate.
Through my lived experience with mental illness and family trauma, and armed with facts from reputable organizations like NAMI and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, I hope to educate communities and employers about how they can best support people with mental illnesses.
My memoir, Still Alive, Still Smiling, is due out in 2023.
Oh, and in case you’ve joined the Musk Madness exodus from Twitter, as I have, you can find me on Mastodon.