Bipolar Hot Mess

Patient Leader

When I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2006, my world came crashing down. I didn’t know anything about it and research showed very little first person accounts. Then I found Ask A Bipolar. A website where all submitted questions are answered by someone with bipolar. Finally! Some answers. Very shortly in, I found myself a home there, became a partner and then started my own website. I wanted to give others what I had been searching for in a different format than Ask A Bipolar, but still wrote for them. While my career tanked, my marriage collapsed, and I have remained on disability due to my bipolar and my chronic pain from my back surgery, I continued to blog on as the Bipolar Hot Mess in as many ways as possible. Guest posts, interviews, being published in books, being the COO of a bipolar non profit even. I’ve used my site to show the community the realities of the illness, that there are ups and downs, and the downs can be bad, but you can always come back up from them. It isn’t the end and everyone who follows the site is there to support you on your journey if you want them to. I’ve talked about my hospitalizations, I’ve talked about my divorce, and I’ve always made it a point to talk open and honest about my struggles and not sugar coat it because I want everyone to know that their hard struggles are also happening to people like me too. That is apparently what most people have told me is what they like most about me and my blog and what I stand for. I can sit here and write yet another version of my story, but I feel that the Why I did it and Why I chose to do it the way I did are far more important because that is the way that I was helping people and that’s what health activists are. It’s how we deliver the message that we have to those that need it most and that’s how I, Christina Huff, deliver support, encouragement, advice, humor, and whatever my followers may need.

Location

Elmwood Park, IL

Finalist

Best in Show: Facebook

The bipolar hot mess paved the way for people to come out of their shells and share life expeirences. She's an amazing talent, advocate, and person. Her blog is sincere and inspiring. She calls herself "Hot Mess" but her blog is anything but!  — Gabe

I enjoy Christina's blogs mostly for the passion she brings to her topics. I like that she finds new and interesting ways to tie bipolar and mental health awareness to everyday life. The dots she connects really resonate with me. I also enjoy her writing style and appreciate the time, thought and effort she puts into each blog. Give her a read!  — Mike

I've known Christina for years. I'm a mental health advocate too & she has been such an inspiration to me. She's determined, talented, honest, & makes it her mission to help others, both fellow advocates & fellow sufferers. Even on the days she suffers she still gets up, dust herself off, & puts on her game face to encourage others to never give up

Christina is a staunch advocate. Anyone blessed enough to know her and/or experience her activism is better for it. Her knowledge on mental illness is impressive & she enjoys sharing it with others. I can't think of a better nominee.

On Bipolar Hot Mess, Christi "tells it like it is." She bravely shares the lows of this disease, the highs, & everything in between. Her writing gives people hope without sugarcoating it. Through Twitter and Facebook, she regularly interacts with readers. Also, she works tirelessly running Ask a Bipolar--I know as someone who is an Aab contributor.  — Jessica

Worked with Christi over the past 2 years, seen her help people while vacationing with me at the airport in Miami. I've watched how many people care for her & rely on her for support & advice  — Jason

She has gone out of her way to help me in areas of mental health and other areas with no hesitation.  — Ty

Great insights and resources for those dealing with bipolar disorder and other mental health issues!  — David

Christina has been my life saver for some time now. She never gives up and always puts 110% effort into everything she does! Thank you Christina Huff for always being the best person you can be!

Wonderful site with someone that lives & fights for those suffering with bipolar disorder

Runs her site by herself, looking out for others is all she lives for, has a huge heart  — Jason

Wonderful page, how I found her was through Facebook. Helped me very much over the years  — Jason

Christina embraces her reality with honesty and intelligence. She's an amazing voice and works hard to improve her community. Go Bipolar Hot Mess!  — Leah

Christina is one of the greatest brain pain/health experts I know. She’s got character, compassion, kindness m, and care for every single person she reaches through her incredible blog, socials, and hard works. Her mission is simple to give back to others and alter their lives forever. Her gift is with the spoken and written word. She is amazing!  — Kevin

Bipolar Hot Mess

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