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Inspiring Through Advocacy: The Mental Health Edition

Kitt O'Malley is the author of "Balancing Act: Writing Through a Bipolar Life" & Mental Health Advocate

What are your art forms?

Writing. Public speaking. Blogging. Website design. Social media advocacy. Photographing flowers.

What has been the most important lesson you have learned through your creative expression?

Artistic expression is healing. Communicating about mental health through art inspires others.

If you could offer one piece of advice to other creatives out there, what would it be?

Don't be critical of yourself. Create freely. Creation is healing.

What energizes you?

Nature (if I get myself up off my chair and outside). Flowers. Color.

What matters to you?

Mental health. Social justice.

What drives you?

Passion for mental health.

What do you stand for?

Mental health advocacy, support, & education.

What is the difference you want to make with your creative expression?

Bring awareness about mental health issues. Fight stigma.

What do you do for self-care?

Surround myself with plants & flowers. Rest.

Is there anything you would like to share with readers that is not mentioned here?

Author of "Balancing Act: Writing Through a Bipolar Life." Blog at Volunteer for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Central Oregon.

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