Author and Writer

Erika Nielsen has done what few others have achieved in the ever-widening bipolar disorder literature: combine a first-person account with an instructional guide for self-care. She tells the story of how she discovered her bipolar disorder and learned to live with it, continued to make use of her musical talents, and learned to achieve her goals within the limits the disorder imposes. Readers will appreciate her insightful recommendations for managing the disorder on a day-to-day basis. This book will be especially helpful to those who learn by example.”

David J. Miklowitz, Director Integrative Study Center in Mood Disorders, UCLA Semel Institute and author of "The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide." (David J. Miklowitz)

Book media

Media appearances for SOUND MIND: 


Sound Mind Presentation venues have included:

  • Greenwood College School, grades 7-9, Toronto, ON
  • CAMH ''Lunch and Learn'' event, mood and anxiety unit, Toronto, ON
  • Toronto Public Library Eh-List Series author guest, Toronto, ON
  • The University of Toronto symposium, hosted by Editor's Canada and Author's Toronto 
  • The Toronto Bipolar Disorder Meetup Group
  • The Bookshelf and eBar, Guelph, ON 
  • Logan & Finley, Toronto, ''Brunch and Learn''


Erika is the author of bestselling and award-winning memoir and wellness guide SOUND MIND: My Bipolar Journey from Chaos to Composure (Trigger Publishing, 2019). A recipient of the Canada Book Award, SOUND MIND has also reached #1 on Amazon in its category. Erika is on the roster of authors at K2 Literary Agency and is a creative contributor to Psychology Today Magazine and, and is also the author of wellness and mental health blog She has also written for the American Federation of Musicians newsletter, News Harp.

Erika is also the creator of Sound Mind Presentations, blending cello performance and sharing her story and message of positive mental health to a variety of audiences, from patients at CAMH, to middle and high schools.

Erika has also acted as a bipolar consultant to lead actress Carolina Bartzak for her leading role of Maura in new Canadian film, An Audience of Chairs

Follow Erika's writing on social media, below, and visit her Amazon Author Page.

When cellist Erika Nielsen is not playing, she’s opening up about how she deals with mental illness. This morning she joined us with more on her memoir & wellness guide, Sound Mind.”

CHCH Morning Live

Articles & Interviews

Chaos to Composure; Cellist Erika Nielsen Grapples with Music and Mental Health Article for The Whole Note, by Stephen Cera.
Published April 12, 2019
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'We Are All Connected' artists share stories of mental health at Richmond Hill event Comedienne Luba Goy, Grammy award-winning musician Dan Hill and author/cellist Erika
Nielsen will share stories at Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts April 4, 2019.
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Logan & Finley Community Profile: Meet Erika An interview with Logan & Finley, eco-conscious general store owner Julie, published January 30, 2019:

''We are happy to feature Erika in our The Life & Style of Interesting People series and excited to welcome her to the shop for a Brunch & Learn on Sunday April 7th to celebrate the launch of her book Sound Mind. I've shared more about the book below, but let's get to know Erika first!''
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FORTUNE'S Most Powerful Women Summit 2019: Performance & Author Interview