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Jaclyn Melander

Broken Mirrors I’m standing in front of the full-length mirror in my bedroom, scrutinizing my reflection while I devour the rest of my Halloween candy. The walls are plastered with flashy posters of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, my current idols. I look at their identical, doe-eyed faces, then back at my own, scowling at my [...]

By | 2017-12-19T11:33:46+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Anorexia, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Carolyn Rossiter

I would say, the most profound relationship I have had in my life is with the one that made me so familiar with my fingertips and the acid in the throat. The relationship that makes me feel guilty for putting any type of food in my body. The one that draws me in everytime something [...]

By | 2017-12-07T10:49:25+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighter's Poetry, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Adam Letavish

“Depression.” It’s a word that's tossed around a lot these days, yet it isn’t fully understood. What most people don’t understand about being depressed is that there are different kinds of depression and different stages of it. We all get depressed. Our moods fluctuate. We’re only human. Some of us, however, can’t as easily control [...]

By | 2017-12-01T09:10:19+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Libby MacPhee

Title: Its All in Your Head My mom should have known. I started complaining about nausea starting at age 10. She thought I was faking it and made me go to school anyway. When I went to sleepovers, nausea would kick in just before bedtime and she was annoyed when she had to come to [...]

By | 2017-12-01T08:59:17+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: Anxiety, Stigma Fighter's Poetry, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Natalie Westcott

November 2012, the month I nearly didn’t survive. Attending Uni in Wagga was meant to be a dream come true, studying the degree I had always wanted. Well my first 2 years of uni were a little bit more of a struggle than I thought. I never thought it would happen, but I got homesick. [...]

By | 2017-12-01T09:03:45+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Elsbeth van der Poel

In 1990, when I was 15 years old I had my first depression. At first I was just a “grumpy teenager”, but soon it was clear to my parents that this was not “normal”. At that time people did not really speak about depression or mental health. Not in my village in the Netherlands, anyway. [...]

By | 2017-12-01T08:43:51+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Jessica Painter

Trigger Warning- Abuse Please Trust my Said Delusions Created by: Jessica Painter The television or the desert Where grenades were the stars You wished on night after night Overcome by fear of Iraqi shadows That danced on your sanity And made you afraid to turn off the lights - Daddy, this is not the usual [...]

By | 2017-11-21T11:15:05+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments