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Susanne Blumer

I’ve been a lot of things and had a lot of roles in my life. Model, farmer, business owner, author, blogger, wife, mom, Christian. I’ve been a Vacation Bible School leader and Children’s’ Ministry leader. I’ve sat in the pew every Sunday for years, prayed, read my bible, attended bible studies, and worshiped the Lord [...]

By | 2017-07-12T15:11:09+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Sober Tony

I'm living on a tropical island, surrounded by beautiful people, and I'm constantly treated like a VIP. That's all true, but it's not the whole story. I'm also a 39-year-old alcoholic who abandoned his wife, 8 kids, church job, and everything else that once mattered to me. My rental is 1,700 miles away from my [...]

By | 2017-07-12T15:09:24+00:00 June 4th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment

Andrew LeClerc

Allow me to tell you something that I have dealt with and continue to manage, but certainly, does not define who I am as a person at all. I was diagnosed with a mental difference called schizophrenia. About two and a half years ago something happened to me; when a history of experienced trauma in [...]

By | 2017-05-30T17:52:38+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Categories: Schizophrenia, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments


Mental illness is not easy. You cannot simply tell a depressed person to be positive and get over it. You cannot tell someone suffering from anxiety to just stay calm. You cannot reassure a person battling anorexia that if they just eat something it will go away. Mental illness is hard. It’s complicated, exhausting and [...]

By | 2017-05-30T17:42:25+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|Tags: |0 Comments


HOW I LEARNED TO LIVE WITH MY ANXIETY DISORDER I've been battling anxiety since I was young. Like many children, I was terrified of the dark and unable to sleep unless the closet light was left on. But during my early school years, my anxiety manifested into a deep fear of traveling to unfamiliar places [...]

By | 2017-05-05T09:46:45+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Risa Sugarman -Anti-High Functioning

Anti-High Functioning I have been told many times that I am so high functioning for someone with depression. For a long time I not only did not mind this label but I embraced it. I thought I was fooling everyone, including myself with how I felt even though my cognition was rather disabled. I am [...]

By | 2017-05-04T18:39:10+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Joy Pearson

Bubble and gurgle Boil and spout These ugly feelings Want to come out Warm acidic pressure Tight eyes and sealed lips it's a wonder they can't tell I'm near falling to bits A quick action A thoughtless mistake Killed all good vibes Quiet animosity overtakes Shut my mouth Glue close my eyes But not my [...]

By | 2017-04-17T08:39:30+00:00 April 14th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Jenifer Walsh

Four words you never want to hear: ‘I want to die.’ Or, the other variation, ‘I want to kill myself.’ Living with two children with serious mental illness who were diagnosed very early (age 7/8) who also have pretty constant suicidal ideation is, just frankly, stressful and heartbreaking. I can remember when my now nineteen-year-old [...]

By | 2017-04-13T09:58:59+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments