The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: The Future Edition

Hello, hello! Welcome to the Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: The Future Edition! Thanks for stopping by.

How are you doing this week? What parenting challenges have you been facing? Are you getting enough sleep? Are you practicing self-care? How has the coronavirus affected your life lately? I hope you don’t have it! Let me know in the comments; I genuinely want to know about you and your struggles.

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My (Two) Weeks — And the Future of The Bipolar Parent

I didn’t update last week, and for that I apologize. I was waiting on some news that was time-sensitive.

But now I can share it: I have a job! My friend and frequent commenter, author and mental health blogger Dyane Harwood, was approached by an editor at Verywell. Part of Dotdash (previously About.com), Verywell is a website focused on health and medicine that boasts 17 million unique visitors per month.

Dyane was told by the editor that Verywell needed a contributing writer for their articles re: bipolar disorder. Dyane, bless her, said she was overextended, and passed my contact information and blog onto the editor.

The editor contacted me, and asked if I would be willing to blog for them on a regular basis. After discussing the challenges of being a working parent with my husband, I agreed to take the job.

I am so excited! This is a wonderful opportunity to expand my writing resume and add feathers to my cap. A million thank yous to Dyane!

All of this means there will be some changes to The Bipolar Parent, my personal blog. I will be writing four articles per month for Verywell, and I don’t know if I will be able to continue blogging here as frequently.

My children will be out of school for the summer, and my husband is not comfortable with drop-in daycare for either of them. Rather than writing blog posts while they are in school, I will be writing in my very limited free time after the kids go to bed.

That being said, I need to discontinue the Saturday Morning Mental Health Check ins. I apologize in advance, but I already know that I won’t be able to keep posting on Saturday on The Bipolar Parent while writing for Verywell.

I hope to continue posting on Fridays, but I am uncertain if I will be able to keep up the quantity of quality posts while blogging four times a month for the other site.

I will check in with myself in April (next month) and make an honest decision. After that, whatever I decide, I will check in again in August, three months later, and see if I need to reevaluate my ability to post to both sites.

Whatever happens to The Bipolar Parent, I plan to continue blogging for the International Bipolar Foundation, so you can see me both there and at Verywell. If I’m not producing original content here, I will be linking to both my Verywell posts and my IBPF posts.

I appreciate that you’ve all supported me in my writing. The journey from beginning blogger to contributing writer at IBPF and Verywell has been long, but you all have been there for me. Thank you so much.

I wish you well in your own journeys.

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Author: Cassandra Stout

Hi! My name is Cassandra Stout, and I am a freelancer and memoirist who blogs at The Bipolar Parent (Cassandrastout.com/bpparent) and at the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF.org). My current project is Committed, my upcoming memoir that depicts my time spent in a psych ward after a postpartum psychotic breakdown. I am a ten-year member of a five-person critique group called the Seattle Scribblers. It's nice to meet you!

5 thoughts on “The Bipolar Parent’s Saturday Morning Mental Health Check in: The Future Edition”

  1. WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Congratulations, my friend, and thanks for that lovely email you sent me about this position.

    I’ve been SO TERRIBLE when it comes to returning emails this year – I used to be good at it, but I’ve totally screwed up in this area. It really bums me, but but I promise you I will change, okay???

    On a WAY much brighter note, I am so freakin’ proud of you, Cass!!!

    You are truly a brilliant writer and this is just the beginning for you, you whippersnapper!

    Lots of love,

    Dyane “Cass Fan #1” Harwood

  2. p.s. I will miss your refreshingly honest Sat. Mornin check-ins, but hey – I’m MEGA-STOKED about your new job and I think it’ll be a good & exciting change – you can always return to the Saturday check-ins, etc. right? OXOXOXOXOX

    1. Dearest Dyane,

      Thank you!! Emails aside, you always make me feel so great about the world and my place in it. Thank you so much!

      I really appreciate your constant support of me and my writing. Without you, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today–not to mention where I’m going!

      You are amazing. You’re an excellent writer yourself, and I miss your blog and adore your memoir. You constantly amaze me with what a good and helpful person you are. I am deeply grateful to you for all the opportunities you have sent my way. Just getting to know you is an opportunity!

      And yes, I can always return to the Saturday morning check ins. 🙂

      Love,
      Cass

  3. Congratulations, Cassandra! I am very happy you made the decision to write professionally! You deserve the promotion!

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