My name is Aaron J. Smith (aka CulturalSavage). I am in my thirties, a father, a writer, a dreamer, and kind of a mess.

I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 when I was 28.  I write about what a life with a mental illness looks like. I’m an advocate for removing the stigma of mental health. I’ve been featured on HuffPost Live to talk about living with a mental illness and spoke in 2014 and 2015 at the Shattering Stigma conference.

I also am a follower of Jesus while being pretty cynical about the church. After growing up in church and spending eight-plus years teaching, preaching, and leading music, I have been hurt by the church and am burnt out. So I write about what it means for me to be in a spiritual wilderness.

I’ve been blogging for 10 years or so and am in the never-ending process of writing. I currently am featured in Father Factor, StigmaFighters Anthology (Volume 1), and was a staff writer for Bedlam Magazine. I am also a contributor to The Mighty and The Good Men Project.

I just released my first book, CulturalSavage: the intersection of Christianity and mental illness.

My kids and I live in Portland, OR.

Thanks for reading. If you like my words and my work, would you consider helping me support CulturalSavage?

I also am available for hire for a variety of services at aaronjsmithwriter.com

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