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Kim Kardashian speaks out about Kanye West's mental health + bipolar disorder

Like so many people, she is supporting a partner or co-parent through mental illness.

Kim Kardashian speaks out about Kanye West's mental health + bipolar disorder

Mom of four Kim Kardashian West is speaking out about the controversy surrounding her husband Kanye West and his mental health.

West attracted a ton of attention and concern in recent days after a flurry of tweets and a tear-filled speech at his presidential rally in South Carolina. West mentioned his children multiple times during his rally and in his tweet storm, and many internet commenters were quick to speculate about West's mental and whether he is capable of parenting right now.

That's why Kim Kardashian West made a statement through Instagram Stories on Wednesday, addressing her husband's mental health for the first time publicly.

"As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand," her statement reads. "I've never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye's right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health."

She continues: "Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor. People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try."


Kardashian West goes on to note that she understands that her husband is a public figure and therefore subject to speculation. She goes on to say that he "is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a [B]lack man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions."

In her conclusion, Kardashian West asks for "compassion and empathy" as her family gets though this crisis.

"We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most," she writes.

Kim Kardashian West is right about a lot of things here. A bipolar diagnosis does not make a person incapable of parenting. It does not make them less of a resource to society, or less of a partner. It just means they have a treatable mental health condition.

Right now Kanye West is in pain. That's clear to most people who have seen the footage or read his tweets. We hope that he gets the help he needs—for his sake as well as his family's.

Fellow parent Melissa Guida-Richards once wrote: "Being diagnosed as bipolar helped me realize that my children would not get the best life I could provide until I took care of myself first. It makes me a better mother to see a therapist every week and take medications every day in order to show my children that mental illness is not the end of the world."

We hope that Kanye West can get the help that Guida-Richards did. And we're glad his partner and co-parent is speaking publicly about a common mental health condition that impacts so many families and is treatable. Kanye is still Kanye, and he is still Saint, Chicago, Psalm and North's dad.

For more information on bipolar disorder check out the National Institute of Mental Health.

Without camps and back-to-school plans still TBD, the cries of "I'm bored!" seem to be ringing louder than ever this summer. And if you're anything like me, by August, I'm fresh out of boxes to check on my "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys.

With that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite wooden toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

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