Nicole Gittleman Bipolar Mentor and Mental Health Advocate
Meet Nicole Gittleman
Eighteen years ago, Nicole was attending Eastern Michigan University majoring in social work when a bipolar manic phase led to her dropping out of school. Rather than let it get the best of her, she started an Our House Clubhouse, a psychosocial rehabilitation center for adults diagnosed with a behavioral health challenge, where she has been volunteering ever since. It changed her life. She has also taken mentoring classes and other recovery-based programs.
At the Clubhouse, she counsels individuals and families on a wide range of issues to help them better manage their mental illness, thereby promoting maximum independence toward self-worth and recovery. Using nutritionist and physician approved information, Nicole counsels individuals and families on meal planning and symptom management for Trimethylaminuria and other similar disorders. She also advises those struggling with work issues, helps in assessing and planning services for housing and utility assistance through HUD, and advises parents on genetic counseling and referrals.
Nicole volunteers because...
I started mentoring and advocacy work because it helps me to help other people to understand that their voice is important. In the mental health system, there is a stigma with mental illness which leads to powerlessness. I volunteer to let them to know they are special, can achieve greatness, and do have a strong voice.
I have embraced recovery in good days and bad and I want to help others do the same.
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