Mariah Ashlyn Elkes

I had few "constants" in my early life. We moved often and had no financial stability. Mental and emotional abuse by my stepfather made each day hard to predict. Physical and sexual abuse by my stepbrother, however, was consistent. Because we moved so often, and I had to say goodbye to so many, I learned [...]

By | 2018-12-14T21:37:44+00:00 December 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hilary Moore – Multitude of Sins

Multitude of Sins What kind of monster screams at her children like that? Red-faced, chest heaving, spitting as I snarl. Hell would be seeing myself through their eyes. I’m teaching them to be like me, even though I desperately want them to be different. How are they supposed to be different when I am their [...]

By | 2018-12-08T13:26:27+00:00 December 8th, 2018|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

We were all girls once & A story I carry by Mitochondrial Eve

Trigger warning - sexual abuse We were all girls once The men who assaulted me had assaulted other girls before me. They assaulted other girls after me. We’re part of the same rusted chain, those girls and I, the chain that tethers us together the same chain that tethers us to the gate on the [...]

By | 2018-12-04T20:22:49+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Anxiety Bees – Madhawi Karaya & Jessie Stevens

Anxiety Bees In my head there lives a little bee with anxiety. Sometimes he nicely walks around wiping down counters but most of the time he is buzzing and fussing and fighting and making a big old mess. I’m not sure when he moved in. I didn’t exactly invite him or any of his friends [...]

By | 2018-12-05T12:46:13+00:00 November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments


Stigma Fighters - Michelle Joni CATHARSIS AND UNICORNS                                                   “The Queen of Play is Depressed!” This was my first subject line to the doctor who would soon become my first adult [...]

By | 2018-11-10T10:15:59+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Matt Greenman

Life After Depersonalization Disorder It seems that as I’ve gotten older, I actually know less. What I do know however, is that generally I’ve been lucky to be pretty happy, from childhood to now, despite some definitive bumps in the road. Lately, I have been coming to terms with the fact that my upbringing wasn’t [...]

By | 2018-11-05T13:11:22+00:00 November 5th, 2018|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Olivya Faith, PhD – The Anguish of Mental Illness

THE ANGUISH OF MENTAL ILLNESS by Olivya Faith, PhD It is important to finish what a person starts. This factoid of advice is the guiding principle of my deeds in this life. It is a sentence I spoke once to my son, when he finished his bachelor’s degree. It took quitting his university to marry [...]

By | 2018-11-02T19:37:03+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Tiffanie Chai

September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s a name that has been assigned to one day every year for as long as I can remember, yet things felt different this year. The words “suicide prevention” seemed to weigh more heavily on people’s minds. But why? Maybe it’s because barely 3 days had passed since [...]

By | 2018-10-25T14:10:24+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments