The severity of my depression in the wake of losing my job solidified the notion that, for people with mental illness, having a job can make all the difference.
Liz Spikol is a Philadelphia-based writer whose work has been honored by the Keystone Press Association, the Chess Journalism Association, the National Mental Health Association, the Mayor’s Commission on Access and Disability, the Philadelphia Psychiatric Association, the Society for Professional Journalists and others. She has appeared in Style Weekly, the New York Times, Painted Bride Quarterly, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s “The Infinite Mind” and “Radio Times,” as well as on the Discovery Channel. While a senior contributing editor of Philadelphia Weekly, Liz wrote an award-winning column “The Trouble With Spikol,” which began as a chronicle of her struggle with mental illness, and expanded into humorous musings on everything from graphic novels to how to use a mop. In 2012, she was featured in the documentary Of Two Minds, which explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and successes of three unique and compelling people living with bipolar disorder in America today. Liz Spikol writes for The Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia.