2012 Mental Health Hero Cartoon-A-Thon
Drawing done by Chato Stewart
Natasha Tracy is an award-winning mental health writer and social media strategist from the Pacific Northwest. She authors three blogs focusing on bipolar disorder and mental illness: the Bipolar Burble, Breaking Bipolar at HealthyPlace.com and Bipolar Bites at Healthline.com. Natasha has received three back-to-back web health awards.
Natasha specializes in writing about bipolar disorder, depression, pharmacology and mental health issues. Natasha was a Health Activist Award finalist and is considered the second most influential depression writer by Sharecare.com.
Natasha holds a bachelor of computer science and a background in technology. She has previously worked in training, implementation, technical writing and program management for a variety of companies including Microsoft. She is currently a social media strategist and writer and recently spoke on the issue of healthcare blogging at the National Council’s Conference on Mental Health and Addiction.
Natasha prides herself on providing accurate, well-researched and trustworthy mental health information. She believes that knowledge dispels fear and works to educate others about mental illness and to eliminate stigma.
Getting to Know You:
What makes you laugh? John Stewart and Steven Colbert make me laugh. I’m all about intelligent humour. If you can make me think and laugh at the same time, I’m yours forever.
What is your favorite book? I love books so it’s hard to pick a favourite. One that has stayed with me through the years though is Illusions by Richard Bach. It’s the adventures of a reluctant messiah – one who can walk on water and swim in sand. It teaches life lessons and a new way of understanding existence. I suspect it is dear to me as it came at a time when I really needed some perspective.
What was the last book you read? I last read Dancing on Broken Glass by Ka Hancock. It’s a love story intertwined with the challenges of mental illness. (It was an advance copy provided by the publisher.)
Friend me on Facebook @chato B Stewart.
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