Bipolar Mums founder, Mariska Meldrum, is a mum of three and wife of one who lives alongside Kangaroos, Koalas and lots of Possums in Melbourne, Australia. At 16 years of age, Mariska did work experience at World Vision Australia and felt called to pursue a career in fundraising and communications.
Two years later, weeks after finishing year 12, she experienced her first acute manic episode and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 1. Initially devastated, this diagnosis did not stop Mariska from pursuing her dream. She went on to get degrees in Communications and Business from Monash University and has had a long career in working for not-for-profit organisations.
After giving birth to her first child, Mariska became extremely unwell and was humiliated to be taken in the back of a Police divvy van to the local Psychiatric hospital, where she stayed for six weeks. During her time in hospital – apart from her newborn son – Mariska pledged to do everything she could to improve life for mums with Bipolar Disorder.
Eight years later, Mariska has done a “role swap” with her husband and works in her dream job at World Vision Australia. In her spare time, Mariska speaks voluntarily in churches about mental illness.
She founded www.bipolarmums.com because she “doesn’t know any other mums with Bipolar” and has a passion for encouraging women in their daily lives.
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