Julie Whitehed

Julie Liddell Whitehead



Writing, mental health advocacy, mental health education, bipolar disorder, SSDI requirements


Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women


* Writer of a top-twenty bipolar blog as scored by FeedSpot
* Winner of a Mississippi Press Association first-place award for Best Planned Series
* Winner of a Mississippi Theatre Association award for a play titled "1-800-273-TALK"
* Seven-year career with Disability Determination Services making medical disability decisions for Social Security Disability Insurance


Julie Whitehead is a reporter for the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting: she writes on topics concerning mental health, mental health education, and mental health advocacy. Julie was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her mid-thirties in 2006. She blogs about her experiences and daily life with bipolar at the site Not Quite Right: Living wIth Bipolar Disorder, a top-twenty bipolar blog as scored by Feedspot. She has written award-winning works in multiple genres, including long-form journalism and theatre on mental health subjects. Julie has also worked for Mississippi's disability determination services in evaluating medical claims for SSDI and SSI Disability income.


Julie Whitehead has a bachelor’s degree in communication, with a journalism emphasis, and a master’s degree in English, both from Mississippi State University. In August 2021, she completed her MFA in creative nonfiction from Mississippi University for Women.

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