• Hannah Phillips

Sophie's Story: Living With Bipolar & Stopping Stigma in its Tracks


Mental health issues will affect 1 in 2 Australians over the course of their lives, but stigma still gets in the way - stopping people of all ages from reaching out for help.


Sophie Hardcastle's mental health journey began when she was just 15 years old.

A sporty, academic, energetic and popular teenager, Sophie's world became confusing and scary due to bipolar disorder.

She became self-destructive, self-harmed and was in and out of psychiatric care.

But she managed to survive.

At the age of 19, Sophie wrote her critically acclaimed memoir, 'Running Like China'.

Sophie is now an Author, Artist, Surfer and Mental Health Advocate who joined Sarah on Flow FM to share her experiences this World Mental Health Day.


If you are struggling with your mental health, help is available - you can contact Lifeline anytime on 13 11 14, or find out more information at the World Mental Health Day website.

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