In this inaugural episode, Seattle author Ellen Forney chats with Rooted in Rights Podcast host Emily Pate about Forney’s intensely personal graphic novel, her experiences with bipolar disorder, and the need to de-stigmatize mental illness. In Ellen’s opinion, telling peers about your mental illness is “a big fear,” and should only be done if the individual feels truly ready. However, Forney thinks it is worth it in the end. What will you think?
Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.