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Stigma Fighters : Gina L. Ciaccia

To The Journey: My Road to Understanding Mental Illness Despite many people perceiving bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses as a struggle or hardship, over time, I have come to embrace the life lessons that they can teach. I would briefly like to elucidate and describe these lessons. I have truly been touched by a [...]

Stigma Fighters : Smiiffy

Hey, my name's Josh. I go by the name of Smiiffy.  I'm a twenty year old musician from Birmingham in the UK. I aim to stop the stigma on mental health and in order to do this, I speak about my own mental health issues. For around 4 years I've suffered with severe anxiety and [...]

Stigma Fighters : Dan Evans

As many of you surely know, being visitors of this webpage, fighting the stigma of mental illness is the top priority of both Stigma Fighters, and of a little video I directed and produced on YouTube titled “It’s Real”. The founder of Stigma Fighters, Sarah Fader, approached me on writing a piece for you guys on [...]

Stigma Fighters : Michelle Hammer

Talking to myself This is hard to explain and I'm not really sure how to do it but I want to explain what it's like when I talk to myself. Everyone talks to themselves...well a little bit, but not like me. Not like how I do it. They don't feel like they're in different place, [...]

Stigma Fighters : Meghan Carvalho

This short story is about not being a prisoner to mental illness. I myself suffer from mental illness (bipolar depression) and it has been a year and a half since I attempted to take my own life. Every day is a struggle and our illness should not hold us back from living the lives we [...]

Stigma Fighters : Bridget

I finished this today and I wanted to share it with you. It's kinda the easiest way to tell you or others how I feel. Imagine yourself Alone in your head You're hanging, dangling From a silver thread Empty, alone With the monsters within Internally screaming You just want to give in Now imagine that's [...]

Stigma Fighters : Gary Tidwell

Broken Healer – My Story of Pain and Restoration I chose that name for this article because this is My Story. I’ll share my own struggle and pain, but thankfully it does not end there. I share how I have been blessed to overcome them to become who I am now and finally where I [...]

By | 2015-09-08T16:29:18+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Jen Weyenberg

My son was diagnosed ADHD, at 5. He was prescribed a stimulant. By 10 we could tell this wasn't helping. We floundered from doctor to doctor, and through testing. Finally, we found our current providers. A new diagnosis, new meds, additional therapy, and I have a son! He who went from suicidal to homicidal and [...]

By | 2015-09-08T16:12:56+00:00 September 13th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters : Mike Fierro

There's been a lot of talk recently about the stigma of mental illness. There's only one way to erase a stigma, and that's by shining a light on individual stories. This is mine ... I have Bipolar Disorder. I first showed signs of the disease in my teens, but wasn't diagnosed until last year. Don't [...]

By | 2015-09-08T15:07:08+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Categories: Bipolar, Brave People, Mood, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Nicole Lyons

My Survival Story In the midst of one the worst depressive episodes I had ever endured I made the decision to end my life. I was meticulous in the details and in the execution of my plan. Depression told me that I was worthless, a failure in all aspects of my life. Repeating poor choice [...]