At the age of 27, and in the midst of losing everything, an exhausted and distraught Joseph S. Fusaro decided to see if he could write his way out of a deep clinical depression that came after years of trial and error with medications, misdiagnoses, and a longtime battle with insomnia. He concluded that it took a lifetime of the wrong use of language, a lack of self-acceptance, and learned helplessness to get him in that place, and maybe the only way to create some peace and lightness of mind was to take the reins of his life and write out a new story; one of acceptance, perseverance, strength, integrity, and a little bit of compassion for himself and others.
After spending most of his 20's in and out of hospitals with depression, bipolar 1, agoraphobia, general anxiety disorder, and insomnia, he turned to his journal and mindfulness in a final attempt to get his life back on track. For more than a few years he gave up nights and weekends to work on his health and himself every waking hour. In time he would begin to write and speak professionally with several mental health advocacy organizations including This Is My Brave, NAMI, and JCK Foundation. Since he first went public with his poetry in the This Is My Brave NYC show (2015), he's published 8 poetry books that follow his journey from absolute rock bottom to reclaiming his health, finding peace, creating a successful audio production company, and most importantly feeling alive again.
You can find his poetry books on Amazon. You can also find out more about Joseph on his podcast Good Air, which is a part of the Mental Health News Radio Network.