Welcome! I’m Erika. I am a professional freelance cellist, educator, and author, based in Toronto, Canada. More about me here.
In 2013 I was spending half my life on a bus, making myself ill from the stress of commuting to my dream job as principal cellist of an orchestra. Later that year, just after my wedding, I was diagnosed with type I bipolar disorder. Since then I have learned how to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle with a thriving career and live well with my mental health condition.
Sound Mind is focused on helping others struggling with mental health conditions like mine live fearlessly, too. I want to share my personal story while imparting tips and insights to empower you to take charge. I have also shared my story and steps to recovery in my award-winning book, SOUND MIND: My Bipolar Journey From Chaos to Composure (Trigger Publishing, 2019), available on Amazon, and Amazon.ca
With 20% of Canadians experiencing a mental health condition in their lifetime, whether personally or through a friend or relative, I hope to help end the stigma.
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