Disrupting Stigma Around Mental Illness, 'The Manic Monologues' Goes Virtual

Zachary Burton was finishing up his last year of his graduate school program in Geology in 2017 when everything changed.

“So I had a psychotic break while I was a PhD student at Stanford. And in the wake of that was diagnosed with bipolar, and my then partner at the time, Elisa Hofmeister, we were just struggling to find any semblance of hope, really,” said Burton.

From this moment of difficulty, Burton and Hofmeister created “The Manic Monologues,” meant to inspire hope and disrupt stigma around mental illness.

“It’s very much a nod to ‘The Vagina Monologues,’” explained Burton. “What ‘The Vagina Monologues’ has done in breaking

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