#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Sue Brown (not her real name), 31, Agawan, MA

She is a woman, who has overcome Bipolar Disorder and become an active volunteer in her community. Working toward her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, she currently has a 3.85 GPA. Her ultimate goal is to earn her Master’s in Art Therapy so she can integrate her studies of psychology with the field of art therapy in a healing profession.

Sue is a mentor in STRIVE, a program that helps students with such issues as mental health. She is also involved in the Federal Work Study Program in community outreach, helping young children with autism.

“Mental illness has a habit of leveling the playing field,” Sue explained. “You hear stories about people on the streets, people in jails, people committing suicide. You don’t often hear about someone with Bipolar Disorder getting their degree, but I’m here to change that.”

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