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Stigma Fighter: Sarah Lindsay

Mr. Wrong Companionship is something we all crave so deeply. Even the tiniest preemie babies will grow stronger if they are held often. Most of us still feel that deep pull to other people on lonely nights, long after childhood. We are desperate not to be alone. My first serious relationship, like so many other [...]

By | 2015-12-06T13:35:38+00:00 December 6th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Robert Wertzler

On Listening to Schizophrenia by Robert Wertzler The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone: He cannot choose but hear; And thus spake on that ancient man, The bright-eyed Mariner. From: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1798 I have written elsewhere on the subject of listening to those afflicted with mental illness, especially [...]

By | 2015-11-19T15:22:09+00:00 November 19th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Matthew Eaton

Is admitting being a victim of child sexual abuse courageous? There are times I doubt this power as I look at myself in the mirror. I am still remarkably human. The hair fades in color and quantity. The waist still expands as if my stomach had a mind of its own. I still have flaws, [...]

Stigma Fighters : Nabilah Safa

The world was spinning again. It was as though I could hear everything and nothing all at once. A constant buzzing of sound. A voice that I didn’t recognize was trying to explain something, but what was that voice trying to say? It was important, very important. Why didn’t they understand? Why was she looking [...]

Stigma Fighters : Alana Romain

This Is What Depression Looks Like Earlier this year, I came off of my antidepressant medication. It was a poorly thought out decision, (I have a pretty difficult history with depression and mental illness), and I did it cold turkey, even though I knew better. Still, I thought I’d be okay. I wasn’t okay. The [...]

Stigma Fighters : Jonathan Harnisch

The Delusional Thinking Process: To the Victor Go the Spoils   In the old days of war, the winning army pretty much got to loot the countryside and take what they wanted—wealth, crops, women, whatever. These would be the spoils of victory. In a relatively civilized setting, we tend to use this term symbolically or [...]

By | 2015-09-22T08:46:43+00:00 September 27th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Mood|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : William Thomason

"How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?" I recently returned to the Terry Pratchet novel Night Watch, the first novel I read in the Discworld series.  There is a song in the book referencing an instance of bravery and sorrow at who won't be around to sing it later.  That, and it being [...]

By | 2015-09-15T10:52:34+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Peter M. Olsen

A trigger warning to those whose lives have been touched by suicide. This is a very raw, honest account of my suicide attempt in mid-2012. These are thoughts and feelings I had in the moments leading up to my suicide attempt. This in no way, shape, or form represents my current state of mind today. [...]

Stigma Fighters : Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

Anxious All Over I’m anxious all over. You can’t know me without seeing it. You don’t really need to know me to see it. I am told frequently to calm down. Strangers reassure me that “everything is okay.” And I know they mean well, but it hurts sometimes. I’ve been guilty of this myself—looking at [...]

By | 2015-09-15T10:34:28+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Categories: Anxiety, Brave People, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Pepper Joy Greggs

Anxiety, PTSD and Stigma I work as a dog trainer for a living and it’s a fact that as such, I run a risk of getting bitten at some point. I have been bitten a few times through the years, I have a protocol that if the dog has his vaccines up to date, I [...]

By | 2015-09-08T20:02:50+00:00 September 21st, 2015|Categories: Brave People, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments