Married with Bipolar – How We Make it Work

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April Mansilla was born in Canada in 1977. She has lived with Bipolar and OCD for over two decades and is now in a healthy place in her ongoing recovery. She is a professional artist, peer support worker, and advocate for mental health. She works at St. Josephs Mental Healthcare Hospital, where she was once a patient, creating art with and for patients. She also volunteers to teach art at the Mental Health Rights Coalition, a peer-run center.

Miguel Mansilla was born in Argentina in 1969 and immigrated to Canada as a child. He works at ArcelorMittal Dofasco as a product reliability coordinator and health and safety representative. Within the company, he promotes the importance of mental health through talks and events. He is proud to be a part of a company that stresses the importance of mental health and recovery. As April’s primary caregiver throughout her struggles, he advocates for the caregiver to look after their own mental well-being.

Miguel and April are proud they have maintained a successful marriage throughout their struggles for 24 years. They currently live in Hamilton, Ontario Canada with their children and grandchild.

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