A few years ago I had an acute mental crisis, which I personally didn't find very cute at all, stop fetishising mentlal illness, guys. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder (typical Gemini), which is where you have periods of depression where you're like "my soul is rotting" and it's "not good work chat", and periods of mania or hypomania where you think "I am the life and soul of this party", but everyone else thinks "Did she just karate chop my light stand?". When manic, I also got kicked off the Bipolar Support Forum, which isn't very supportive.
People have said really nice things about how I talk about mental health and mental illness and my experience on stage which is nice, and I have been lucky enough to have been invited to perform for Jericho Comedy's Oxfordshire Mind Comedy Gala 2018 with James Acaster, Ivo Graham and Ken Cheng (("Talked skillfully...my jaw soon aching with laughter... Chelsea talked frankly about mental illness" **** Oxford Times) and again in 2019 with Nish Kumar, Ed Gamble and Olga Koch ("A surprise hit was Chelsea Birkby, whose innocent appearance and nervous demeanour belied an hilarious set peppered with cheeky adult humour" Oxford Mail; ***** Oxford Times) raising a total of nearly £40,000 for charity Oxfordshire Mind, adding to the amazing fundraising throughout the year from my favourite Jericho Comedy; it was an honour to take part.
I'd like to continue to raise awareness of mental illness (not just my own), and help people access services that can help. And aside from my severe mental illness I am actually really mentally stable. (Book me)
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*My views are my own and NOT OF OXFORDSHIRE MIND. They'd probably like me to add that.