Justin Babb has lived in Redding since 2007. He’s currently on the board of the Shasta Humanity Project, a citizen action group focused on creating a self-sustaining, secure community for people experiencing homelessness in Redding. He is currently enrolled in the Aspire Organizational Leadership Program at Simpson University. He previously worked as an Information Technology Maintenance Tech at Shasta College for five years and is the founder of Redding Soup. He also has many hobbies, including stand-up comedy, DJing and magic.
Throughout his young adulthood, Justin struggled with rapid thoughts, insomnia and developing positive relationships in his life. At times, he would make rash decisions with little forethought, such as investing all his money in a new business or moving to Las Vegas on a whim, and he’d suffer the consequences later. After grappling with suicidal thoughts one night, Justin sought out help and was diagnosed with Bipolar II. Through self-education and self-advocacy, Justin has learned to manage his bipolar symptoms through medication, counseling, supportive friends and community involvement.
Today, Justin is also a speaker in the Brave Faces program and shares his story in order to educate others about misconceptions often connected to Bipolar. Depending on the audience, Justin's speech can cover the following topics: