Episode 14

14. I Am Successful Despite Bipolar with Jared Washington

This is a special episode because it is a follow-up from a Facebook live interview I had with Jared Washington a few years ago regarding living with bipolar as a black male. Jared shares how life has been since the interview. We discuss making the decision to live a successful life and being a role model for his daughters. We also dive into the stigma of mental health, especially in the black community and ways to make change.

Episode Highlights

  • Manhood 

  • Managing life with bipolar

  • Support system when you have a mental illness

  • Taking responsibility for a mental illness

  • Stigma of mental health 

  • Importance of educating the black community on mental illness

  • Educating the church in mental illness

  • Weed and Bipolar

Special Guest: Jared Washington

Resources Shared on Show

J.Washington Hope Instagram (Public)

Free Thought16 Instagram (Private)

First Facebook Live Interview with Jared

Counseling Resources

Therapy for Black Men

Therapy for Black Girls

Therapy Den

Psychology Today

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)


Authentic Wednesday Podcast Instagram


About the Podcast

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About your host

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Bianca Hughes

Bianca Kesha Hughes is setting boundaries and breaking barriers. She knows how to navigate life and discover true identity while trusting in God. Known for authenticity and heart-work services, Bianca is the ultimate trailblazer in the mental health and wellness field as a therapist, coach, speaker, and podcast host, inspiring her audience to let go of the illusion of perfectionism.

She is deeply connected to her cultural values, and Caribbean heritage, and her foundation of faith is a source of light for everyone around her. Bianca experiences her fair share of trials and pain but she heals through vulnerability and connecting to her authentic self. For this reason, she is passionate about breaking down the walls of perfectionism, encouraging her audience to connect to their authentic self while creating a safer place for them to be seen and heard.

Her podcast, "It Didn't Break Me," creates a space for honest and vulnerable conversations. Her guests share their transformational life stories around the messy stuff they didn't think they'd come back from yet they are still here. "It Didn't Break Me" podcast is a platform for people who are struggling with mindset shifts around perfectionism and being their authentic self, inspiring them to discover the beauty in the mess.