Yesterday I spoke to an amazing young woman about her experiences with mental health and sexual assault. Gillian was diagnosed bipolar when she was 14 years-old and fought to overcome its effects throughout her teen years. She was kind enough to share her story and offers advice for youth and parents facing what for many seems like a very lonely path.

At age 19 she was sexually assaulted by a man who was later sentenced to five years in prison.

This is Gillian’s story.