Julie Joyce is a Chicago Police Officer and the mother of an adult son who suffers from bipolar disorder and ADHD. Over the years Julie has been a strong advocate and volunteer with National Alliance for Mental Illness, The Balanced Mind Foundation, and has assisted with the creation and implementation of the Advanced Juvenile Crisis Intervention training (CIT) for Chicago Police officers. She is certified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Hostage Negotiation Team as a Crisis Negotiator, has conducted presentations on mental illness for Attorney General Lisa Madigan's Office and has had the opportunity to speak to legislatures on the need for special education funding. Julie has also conducted educational presentations for DCFS on interventions for kids with mental illness. Along with her son, she was interviewed on NPR, WBEZ, for the “Out of the Shadows” series which focused on juveniles and mental illness. Currently, Julie spends her time raising awareness and advocating for people living with mental illness.

Blogs and Articles

Never Giving Up On My Son

Julie Joyce
November 1, 2016

Trying to find your happiness when you have an adult child with bipolar who is refusing treatment and you feel powerless and weak. My life has been in a frenzy lately. I lost my cousin and best friend to cancer. I sold my house after living there for 17 years and moved into a one-bedroom...

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Raising My Son with Bipolar: It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Julie Joyce
October 10, 2016

I have been blessed over the years to have a great village. Being a single parent presents so many added struggles raising a bipolar child that many families can’t understand. My son has a father, but he has his own struggles and wasn’t proactive in his life. My son did have visitation with him until...

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Today I Want to Take a Break From Caregiving

Julie Joyce
July 12, 2016

I know I will be strong again, and I will fight another day, but for just today, I want to take a break from being strong. Today I don’t want to be strong. Today I am struggling. My son is refusing to get help because he doesn’t believe he is sick. I don’t want anyone...

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Chicago Police: Mental Health Pioneers

Julie Joyce
June 20, 2016

Recently at work my partners and I had to chase down a man who wanted to set himself on fire. He was doused with lighter fluid and had a lighter in hand. I am thankful we happened to be in the vicinity. Coincidence? Maybe. Sometimes I think God puts me in these places on purpose....

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My Son Has Always Been My Hero

Julie Joyce
June 6, 2016

Aside from my parents, I have such admiration for my adult son, who lives with bipolar. Because of his strength, I am strong too. When I was young, my mother used to ask me who loves me best, and being raised in a Catholic school I always responded, “Jesus.” I am almost positive that was...

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Refusing to be silent about mental health

Julie Joyce
April 18, 2016

It appears I have become some sort of mental health magnet. It doesn’t matter if I am in the grocery store, or gas station, or at a bar I will end up having a conversation about mental illness. In fact it has even crossed over into my dating life. It never surprises me when a...

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