I did not know MCBL well – in fact I never met her or even learned her true name, as she blogged anonymously. However, last month I had the honour of announcing her blog as joint winner in the Lived Experience category of the This Week in Mentalists awards 2013.
As part of the awards process, I’d asked the judges to give feedback on the nominated blogs. They said of My Crazy Bipolar Life,
“A refreshing read of such a frank, open and honest account of life with mental illness. As a first time reader it grabbed my attention.”
“A very open, honest and detailed blog detailing the author’s experiences of bipolar. An enlightening read.”
“A frank and compelling narrative about life with Bipolar Disorder- Full of Spirit and Personality.”
It would appear from her Twitter account that she appreciated the award and the feedback.
Just before Christmas, MCBL marked the fourth anniversary of her blog. She spoke of her experiences of the mental health system (both good and bad) as well as her hopes both for the short and medium term. Tragically, those hopes will not be realised. I do not know the circumstances of her passing, and I am sure that any speculation on my part would be neither helpful nor appropriate.
The mental health blogosphere thanks My Crazy Bipolar Life for her contribution to online literature, and offers our deepest condolences to her friends and family.