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Talia Blumofe – Snow Princess

I charm and beguile Smile that damn smile Who can resist the wiles of the snow princess? I’m weightless in wool Aglow in the snow Lend me your hand, let me keep your warm fingers cold. I’m dressed heavy, so heavy Drowning in a fortress around me What is my body to them all but [...]

By |2019-03-16T19:17:46-07:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Courtney Melvin – Intruder

What is depression? It is a masked intruder. It disguises itself in mundane moments, seeps darkly under doorways. There is no time to prepare. It arrives and announces, “You are not necessary in your own life.” And you believe it. You watch your husband play with the children in the other room after you screamed [...]

By |2019-03-14T19:19:00-07:00March 15th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Allie Linn – The Hospital

The first week of my grad school program in dance/movement therapy and counseling I found myself at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, holding a set of keys that would get me onto all of the locked units. I was considered a student extern, meaning that I did not work for the hospital, but was there as [...]

By |2019-03-12T18:18:13-07:00March 14th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Carroll Ann Susco – Christopher Servant is Dead

I remember when I was five, I talked to a boy in my head. He would ask about my day. I would ask about his, but he would never tell me. He did tell me his name was Chris. I told him my sister’s name was Chris. That’s how I remember his name. I had [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:57:44-07:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stephanie Paige

*trigger warning - self-harm* I thought only teenagers did it. But here I was sitting on the floor of my room at 38-years-old with a scissor in my hands. A grown adult. The first time I drew blood was this past January. I was ashamed right after I performed the act. How could I do [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:39:43-07:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Self Harm, Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Katherine Elizabeth Walsh – Exit Signs In Blood Lines

~Exit Signs In Blood Lines~ *Author’s note, self-harm is a long and hard recovery road, please ask yourself if you are in a place to read about someone else’s self-harm experience before reading on. If you need to talk to someone here are some options. I love you, Warriors. Keep. Going: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline [...]

By |2019-03-08T12:28:37-07:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|1 Comment


There is so much stigma and misinformation around the topic of self-harm, commonly, it's associated with young female teens and often seen as a trend or as a way to get attention. Let me tell you that if someone is hurting their self; they need your attention. Nobody hurts themselves without reason. That person with [...]

By |2019-03-04T07:35:46-07:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|1 Comment

Kira McCarthy – The Eating Disorder Symptoms we Don’t Talk About

Eating Disorders have a higher mortality rate when compared with other mental illnesses. And yet it continues to be stigmatized and not talked about enough. Diet culture is pervasive and clever, and the selling of “health” as a product we can consume affects all our choices, whether we are conscious of it or not. It [...]

By |2019-02-12T19:02:51-07:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments