Lisa Cazes and Alizée Falque are two friends who bonded over their mental health struggles. Now, they’re using those struggles as inspiration for a short film challenging misconceptions about bipolar disorder and breaking down the stigmas around it. It’s called Up and Down. Lisa is the writer, director, and producer, and Alizée  is the lead actor and associate producer. Lisa was diagnosed with bipolar disorder herself in 2018, and grew up helping support her bipolar mom as well. And Alizée has ADHD and social anxiety, both of which I relate to a LOT.

So I loved talking to them both about how they connected as friends because of their mental health struggles, how they’ve learned to help each other through the tough moments, and what they hope to share about bipolar disorder in their upcoming short film.

(Loved talking to them SO much that this is part 1 of 2 – hear more from Lisa and Alizée next week!)

Donate to their film’s Indiegogo campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/up-and-down-short-film

You can see behind-the-scenes of the film on social media from Alizée, Lisa, and Up and Down film.

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Books recommended by Mentally Together guests: https://bookshop.org/lists/mentally-together

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