Brave people living with mental illness who are candidly telling their stories:

  • Kitt O’Malley

    I am honored to be a part of Stigma Fighters. Thank you, Sarah Fader, for creating this forum. Best of luck in bringing Stigma Fighters to college campuses. I look forward to Stigma Fighters traveling across the country to the Left Coast, where I make my home.

  • Katy Nicole

    I’m so proud to be part of Stigma Fighters! I am so greatly appreciative of Sarah for establishing this. Hopefully we’ll get to do that college tour she so wants to do. I can’t wait to see where this goes with time!

  • Rudy Caseres

    I look forward to working with Stigma Fighters in the coming weeks. No matter how depressed I get I want to keep giving back to the mental health community. I’ve met some very courageous and compassionate individuals online and in my travels. We still have a lot of work to do but the future definitely looks brighter with people like Sarah Fader and the men and women listed above. Thank you all!!

  • Lady Anxiety

    Writing my piece for stigma fighters was such a positive and freeing experience. Thank you so much for this opportunity Sarah! I am so inspired by you and all the wonderful contributors of this site. I would highly reccomend this experience to anyone struggling with mental illness.

  • Courtney Keesee

    It’s amazing to see how long this list is, because it shows just how many people go through mental illnesses, and how diverse they are. I’m so glad to be apart of this list and look forward to working with Stigma Fighters again!

  • Sara Sumner

    Writing for Stigma Fighters really means a lot to me. Huge thanks to Sarah for accepting my story. Reading through all the contributions is really inspiring and I will be sharing the link to the website on my blog this afternoon. Thank you again. Together we can help fight the stigma of mental illness!

  • A’Driane Nieves

    I’m honored to be included among such a phenomenal group of people who are so dedicated to combating stigma and putting real faces, real HUMANITY to mental illness. Thank you Sarah for creating this space, for amplifying the voices of so many. Thank you for allowing me to share my experience here. I’m so grateful for the work you’re doing.

  • Sarah Mohamed

    Honored and proud to be among warriors. Thanks for letting me share my story and I love reading about others.

  • Maura Lynch

    The fact that Stigma Fighters exists is a tremendous comfort. First, it offers a place where so many brave people with mental illness have a place to share their stories. And, by doing so, the Stigma Fighters do just that: they are crucial to ending the stigma, and the shame, which accompanies having a mental illness. If we all continue to shed a light on what it is like to live with a mental illness, and to add the human component as well as information and knowledge, I believe Stigma Fighters can go a very long way to eliminate stigma.

  • Bobbi Parish-Logie

    Wow! What an amazing list! So many people brave enough to stand up and discuss their life with mental illness. When our voices combine we are a powerful force. This is exactly what we need to have happen to erase the stigma. This!

  • Carrie Baughcum

    To have my words share the same space as strong, incredibly brave and these deeply beautiful people is an honor is can not express. I do not pretend to understand, as deeply as they do, the fight they all so fiercely fight. I do and will forever fight and shout to all those that will hear and even those that don’t want to what I have learned. I will share and shout and write and draw and talk about the beauty,talent, amazingness and incredibleness people with mental illness possess because they are people…always people first. For others to know that and to teach others to look past the illness and see people, their awesomeness, their strength, their lessons, their beauty is what is so very important to me, for all the people on this list and all that I love.

  • Allie Burke

    So honored to be a part of this. To see the fearless expression of all these brave individuals warms my heart. What you guys are doing is so important to our community. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

  • Gabe Howard

    I love being a stigmafighter!!

  • Dr. Margaret Rutherford

    As a psychologist, I am honored every day by people who need and want to work through whatever brings them to my office. But I hear regularly that they tell no one they are in therapy. Or they voice incredible shame about “not being able to solve their problems on their own”. Somehow, because it’s the mind that’s affected, it’s not okay to admit there is something troubling. Or imbalanced. I am a therapist because I experienced good therapy. I got help. I know that it made me stronger. Not weaker. I applaud everyone who is telling their story here on StigmaFighters. It’s vital. I will help (and be helped in the doing of it) in any way I can.

  • Cary

    I am quite proud to be a part of this.

  • Maria S.

    Proud to be a part of Stigma Fighters! It’s amazing to know I’m not alone l, we’re not alone. Crushing stigma one story at a time!

  • Liz Barnett

    Thanks again for the opportunity share my story. Stigma Fighters has really been an encouraging community.

  • Jenna Kahn

    Thank you so much for all of the work you compiling these powerful stories, and thank you for letting me share mine!

  • Helen White

    Impressive list of amazing people. As someone who has shared my story I think each and every person deserves a great deal of respect for their honesty.

  • Lauren Kocher

    I am still flabbergasted that I was asked to be a contributor. This a great list of Fighters and I am honored to be among them. There are so many powerful stories that need to be shared. I am glad that Sarah Fader stepped up and gave us a place to share them.

  • Danny Price

    I am grateful to be a part of Stigma Fighters! Seeing this list and reading many of these stories reminds me that mental illness does not discriminate in any way. And that reminds me of our shared humanity and struggle. Stigma Fighters mostly helps me remember that we are more alike than different, and that when we come together to support each other amazing things can happen. I’m happy to be a part of this group of brave and powerful people!

  • Philip Bender

    This is a wonderful list of wonderful people! Extremely grateful to be a part of this!

  • BipolarMom (Jenn)

    Honored to be a part of this community! We’re changing the world!

  • TLanceB

    I’m so honored, flattered and proud to be a member of this awesome club.
    Thank you to all the brave souls who are here.
    Lance aka @lanceburson

  • Jenn Rian

    I post weird things on the internet all the time that people call “brave”. But sharing my struggle with depression on Stigma Fighters is the bravest thing I’ve done. Thanks for giving me the opportunity!

  • Lisa M. Gott

    Thank YOU, Sarah, for everything you are doing. And thank you to all the amazing people who have shared their very intimate story with the world. Honored beyond words to be a supporter of this important and beautiful movement and community!

  • Billie Ann Howell-Zahir

    Thank you for allowing me to share my story here. I wanted to do something to reduce the discrimination mentally ill face by people who are currently are unaware of hurt I, and others, feel because of their actions.

  • Katy Nicole

    I love seeing this list grow longer and longer as more and more people share their stories about mental illness <3

  • Risa Finkelstein Sugarman

    So proud and honored to be included. Let’s keep working on mainstreaming the discussion of having a mental illness.

  • Nicole Lyons

    I am so honored to be among such an amazing group of people. Thank you Stigma Fighters, you are doing wonderful work.

  • Rachel Thompson

    I’m honored to be a part of Stigma Fighters, Sarah. The work you are doing here is admirable, and these stories touch my heart. I share each one because these are ALL our stories, we are real people, not only words on a page.

    Hugs to us all for joining together to create one powerful voice!

  • Melissa Palmer

    Proud to be part of this. ♡

  • Marisa Michelle

    I love that I got to share my story at Stigma Fighters first! Keep busting stigma.

  • SweatpantsAndCoffee

    What remarkable company I find myself in. Honored to be a part of this. – Nanea

  • Ross H

    Happy to be in good company

  • Dennis Sharpe

    So many amazing people and amazing stories. I am totally in awe of this group, and all that they have to saw. I can only applaud!

  • Lyndsay Marvin

    Thank you so much for sharing these stories & being a crucial part of the fight against stigma. <3

  • Marty Baker

    Thanks for letting me share my story. Happy and proud to count myself part of the SF family.

  • Gia

    Thank you sooo much for offering me the opportunity to write my story. Glad to be able to give. I was a bit scared to put myself out there like I did however, so grateful I did! Thank you, again.

  • Dan the Story Man

    Excellent, excellent, excellent work you are doing in sharing the stories of people who are simply trying to survive. Mental illness is a disease of the brain, an organ in the human body. Some see it as a moral failing, when it’s not. I have the highest accolades for all the work you do to share the hope that we are not pariahs to be cast off, but that we are people we love, cry, hope and care. Peace to you and all you do!!