Rebecca Lombardo

Patient Leader

At 19 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I've battled mental illness on many levels most of my life. In 2013, I nearly died by suicide. When I left the hospital, I knew I had to make a change. I started a blog detailing my struggles and before long I was hearing from all over the world. Eventually I turned my blog into a book that is available on Amazon now. I still have my blog and I also write for The Huffington Post. Most recently, my husband and I began hosting our own mental health podcast called Voices for Change. Every day I speak with someone that feels my book helped them or someone that needs advice. I've been happily married 15 years and I'm incredibly grateful I'm still here.

Location

Farmington Hills, MI

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Twitter Best in Show: Podcast

Rebecca co-hosts the "Voices for Change 2.0" podcast with her husband Joe Lombardo. Rebecca is a truly amazing mental health podcaster. She thoughtfully chooses a variety of guests and asks such insightful questions. She always strives to help her listeners feel less alone with their mental illness, gives them practical information, and hope.

I came across Beka on Twitter. The most special thing anyone has done for me along my journey of recovery, is being asked to take part in her essay to be posted on her blog in awareness of Mental Health month. No one has ever been interested in my story. Let alone willing to post it on a blog for all her followers to see. Beka really shows empathy!

I discovered Rebecca Lombardo on Twitter, and then her podcast, Voices4ChangeRJ. I have always been very embarrassed about my mental health situation because of the stigma attached. But Beka has made it her mission, even on her bad days, to fight for those suffering in silence, offer support, and educate society on Mental Health and Mental Illness.  — Caprice

I was introduced to Beka's work on Twitter. Then became familiar with her other social media platforms. Beka is strong, even on her bad days she makes it her mission to get the message out there about mental health, especially for those suffering in silence. Beka educates our society on what mental illness is in order to end the stigma. Very brave!  — Caprice

Beka and Voices for Change2.0 have given me the strength to speak up for the first time about my mental illness. I was always ashamed. But her podcast educates people on what mental health is all about, speaks for those who do not have the courage to speak up yet. She encourages you to be positive, even on your bad days.  — Caprice

I think what you are doing to create awareness around mental illness is extremely admirable; especially having experienced and going through it yourself on a daily basis. It leaves you vulnerable to criticism and judgement, yet you still persevere to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. You're truly an inspiration.  — Y

BEKA is a truly authentic, transparent and genuine person, especially when it comes to fighting for the stigma against mental health and mental illness.

Beka is very brave to do what she does, especially with people who suffer from anxiety, being in the public eye isn't easy and I commend her for that. To show her most vulnerable side to the world, it's inspiring. Because as we know, people can be cruel.

Beka has been a huge inspiration.

Past Awards Participation

Fifth Annual Health Activist Awards

Nominations

Best Kept Secret Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Facebook Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Instagram Rookie of the Year Best in Show: Twitter

Sixth Annual WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Podcast Best in Show: Twitter
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