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How we as Church can help people cope

World Mental Health Day (October 10) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. A Catholic living with a mental health issue shares her experience and calls for change.

My name is Nicole Cowie and I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar disorder for the past 18 years. For the past four years I have been a full-time mental health/disability activist doing policy advocacy, research, online activism and public speaking on mental health issues.

Until two years ago, when I was outed publicly by someone else in a prayer meeting, I preferred not to have Church folk know of my mental illness.

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