The Standing Strong Blog was created with the hopes of spreading additional awareness and bringing people together to end the stigma attached to mental illness. The blog’s creator, Kimberly King has suffered from depression and anxiety since childhood and did not receive a diagnosis until she was nearly twenty-three. Since then, she has been very vocal about her challenges and experiences with medication treatment and therapy. When her younger sister was voluntarily admitted to the behavioral health unit of a local hospital in March 2017 and diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder, Kim became even more passionate about wanting to make a difference. The idea for the blog came to her on the morning of April 19th 2017 after a video of Lady Gaga and Prince William talking about the stigma of mental health debuted. The Standing Strong Blog officially launched just a little more than a month later, on May 25th, 2017. The blog features regular posts and encourages other individuals to share their experiences of living with mental illness.
Kimberly and her sister Kristeen.