Rebecca Lombardo

Patient Leader

Hello! I’m 46 years old and have been married for 18 years. When I was 19, I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Over the years, my diagnosis has changed to add borderline personality disorder and agoraphobia. I am also in recovery for self injury. I have been free of that for 6 years. In 2013, I attempted suicide and ended up in the hospital. I was committed by the state to a horrible facility. When I got out, I turned to one of my first loves, writing. I had always dreamt of being an author, but suffered with writers block for years. I came up with the idea to start a blog. Initially, it was just for myself and my husband, but I made it public after a short time. I was amazed by all of the people commenting and thanking me for telling my story. I took that as my opportunity to finally get my book published. It was released in 2015. I still have my blog and continue to post when I can. My husband and I started a podcast in 2016. It’s called Voices for Change 2.0 and it airs live on Saturday morning. We have all types of guests, primarily in the mental health field. I also created the hashtag #KeepTalkingMH which is very popular on Twitter and Instagram. It gets 20,000+ posts on Instagram daily. From time to time, I still struggle with depression and anxiety. If I’m having a bad day, I am open and honest when I share it on social media so others know they can too. I’m very happy with the direction my advocacy is headed. I hope to help more people every day.

Location

Farmington Hills, MI

Past Awards Participation

2018 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Best in Show: Twitter Best in Show: Podcast

Finalist

Best in Show: Blog

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

2019 WEGO Health Awards

Nominations

Advocating for Another Patient Leader Hero Best in Show: Twitter Best in Show: Podcast
Rebecca Lombardo

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