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May Is Mental Health Month: Author Shares Her Struggle with Mental Illness

Through her work, poet Carolyn Morman seeks to help others; debunk myths about mental illness

Carolyn Morman 6Carolyn Morman doesn’t mince words about her mental illness. She is honest about the struggles she’s had – and sometimes still has – with bipolar disorder and depression.

For nearly a decade, Morman, 43, has attended Monarch’s Anson Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) program in Wadesboro and served as a peer support specialist for two years. She is currently a participant in the program, but hopes to return to her peer role, which allows her to provide support to others who can benefit from her experiences.

 

“I’m the first to tell you my sickness hasn’t been easy. I’m taking my medicine, coming to grips with my illness and working to get better, which has helped me to recover. I love to be around people and stay engaged in my community. Those things have really helped me to get through this,” explained Morman, who volunteers at Wadesboro Elementary School, Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, and several nursing homes. “But I still struggle.”

Morman, 43, is not alone. Bipolar disorder affects approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, according to statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health. May is Mental Health Month. Pathways to Wellness—this year’s theme—calls attention to strategies and approaches that help all Americans achieve good mental and overall health.

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