You, Me, Empathy - Episode 47: What It Means to Be a Mental Health Advocate with Rebecca Lombardo

Trigger Warning: In this episode, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and self-injury are mentioned.

On Episode 47 of You, Me, Empathy, Rebecca Lombardo and I explore what it means to be a mental health advocate, and how we can improve our mental health advocacy through education, listening, loving, and leading with our hearts.


We also talk about therapy pets, Rebecca’s bipolar disorder diagnosis at the age of 19, her suicide attempt and the feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness that come with it, the tragic and painful loss of her mother and brother, and the need for people in our lives who will listen, embrace empathy, and meet us where we are. Rebecca also gushes about the wonderfully supportive and loving mental health communities that exist on Twitter and Instagram! Check out #KeepTalkingMH and you’ll see what I mean.

Rebecca Lombardo is a pillar of strength and passion when it comes to mental health advocacy—and I was so grateful to speak to her! To celebrate and support Rebecca, I am giving away three copies of Rebecca’s book, It’s Not Your Journey!

Follow You, Me, Empathy on Twitter and Instagram to lookout for how you can enter the book giveaway!

Thanks for listening, and thanks for empathizing with us!

Note: Rebecca’s brother, who was mentioned on this episode, recently passed away. It’s heartbreaking, and my heart goes out to Rebecca. If you feel it in your heart, send Rebecca empathetic thoughts and hug gifs.