My name is Tom Baker and I am a Lexington, Kentucky based artist, musician, writer, advocate, parent, partner, and all around nice guy. I also live with bipolar openly, and stigma free.
At the age of 34, after about 20 years of symptoms, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and got started on the path to recovery and stability. Stigma prevented me from seeking the help that my loved ones knew that I needed.
Stigma ruins lives. Stigma kills. Stigma is perpetuated daily. I have lost multiple friends to stigma. Cis men especially have a hard time seeking help. We just need to “man up”. We need to “toughen up”. We need to, metaphorically, “walk it off”. “It doesn’t hurt.” “Don’t cry.” We learn these in sports from the time that we are in elementary school. And that mentality is hard to break out of.
This blog will be used to fight back against stigma, one post, one story at a time. Stigma kills. It’s time to kill it back.