About The Book

No, I am not crazy…

. . . just because I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Yes, I did some crazy things when I was sick and experienced psychosis, a symptom of bipolar disorder . . . but that was over 20 years ago.

My personal recovery from mental illness and
various addictions gave me a unique understanding when I met my future husband.

Yes, I am crazy about my husband!

He is a remarkable man who has also overcome a variety of addictions and today lives in victory over an even more serious mental illness – schizoaffective disorder.

I knew when I met him that he was a diamond in the rough.

Our lives were wild and very dangerous before we met. Ups and downs, psychiatric hospitals and battling addictions. I didn’t know my husband had schizoaffective disorder when I met him – he didn’t know. It is a very complicated illness.

Mental illness can be extremely debilitating – even fatal. Some people who try to get well still limp through life due to a broken mental health system, stigma, or lack of support.

It is a miracle that my husband and I survived. Then together, we were able to overcome many challenges.

Today we own a thriving business, have two amazing children, and are very active in our church and in our community. Our story gives hope to the hopeless.

We have gained insights into mental illness and wellness that very few people understand because they have not experienced it.

In Sickness and in Mental Health gives a transparent view into extreme mental illness then back mental health and even beyond … to an abundant life and an extraordinary marriage.

In Sickness and in Mental Health is available in paperback in digital format on AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE and SMASHWORDS

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Diane Mintz Author

When trained Speakers share at places of worship - mental illness becomes a casserole illness. God’s people spring into action when they understand what to do!May is Mental Health Month!. Mental Health Ministries just released a new e-Spotlight with resources for May is Mental Health Month and resources to put together a Mental Health Sunday. But congregations are encouraged to provide education and support for members around mental health challenges any time of the year. The new e-Spotlight also includes information on African American Mental Health. campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1104745249463&ca=b93f2311-7125-4487-89c1-2d6c92c1a2f3 ...

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Does your Senator support SB 66? On March 20, the CA Senate Health Committee votes on SB 66, which will allow same-day visits and will help reduce barriers to patients who need mental health services. In order to pass this bill this year, we need to demonstrate our lawmakers support this bill! #ValueCHCs #Health4All Click here to contact your Senator: p2a.co/hH0Uom2 ...

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2 weeks ago

Diane Mintz Author

#Sacramento being awesome and helping #homeless kidsDay 100: 265 youth housed. 98% connected to supports. 37% pregnant or parenting. 67% experiencing challenges to mental wellness. Yesterday, we celebrated briefly and then rolled up our sleeves.
This is just the beginning- just 100 days.
Now the work begins as we solidify experiments into practice and silos into systems.
Now the work begins as we continue to share what we learned in documentaries and news casts and policy papers and workshops.
Most importantly, the work begins as we ensure those 265 youth stay stably housed and we reach out to the next 265 youth with practices that do everything possible to reduce the traumas of homelessness and ensure the swiftest possible connection to home.

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