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Stigma Fighters: Vincent J. Fitzgerald

To Be Both Client and Clinician By Vincent J. Fitzgerald I sit in serene, soft light and contemplate what is safe to share, and what I should withhold. My war against anxiety is fought on many fronts, and I am battle weary from its barrage of multiple manifestations. Across from me a person waits for [...]

By | 2016-06-03T05:15:09+00:00 June 3rd, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Imade Nibokun of Depressed While Black

I was raised to believe slaves were the only black people who had the right to be depressed. So when I stayed in my bedroom for days at a time, silent and suicidal, my family’s encouragement was that “things could be worse.” If my ancestors survived slavery with no mental health treatment, then I certainly [...]

By | 2016-05-30T14:39:47+00:00 May 30th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Dann Alexander

Cuts to Mental Health Services – Risky Business With more mental health awareness comes more education. In an ideal world this should translate into more accessibility to more services. Canada prides itself on being a country with supposed universal access to healthcare. We are lucky here to have it. No argument there. Canadians do pay [...]

By | 2016-05-09T15:50:19+00:00 May 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Neesa Suncheuri

Part 1: My mental illness journey is a long and circuitous one.  It began as soon as I could tell the difference between sad and happy.   It now continues today, although I am fortunate and proud to be in recovery. My father was an abusive person, both to my mother and myself.  We always [...]

By | 2016-01-15T09:48:57+00:00 January 15th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Shari J. Ryan

Anxiety Is My Super Power By Shari J. Ryan Sometimes, I care too much about silly things. Silly things like the weather, making mistakes, or whether or not someone likes the person I am or the books I write. I think the way I am may be considered unhealthy to some. However, telling me not [...]

By | 2016-01-03T11:51:58+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Casey Ryan

What does an anxiety attack feel like? When Sarah Fader first asked me to write for Stigma Fighters a few weeks ago, I initially felt a sudden rush of pride and excitement. I pictured how liberating it would be to finally go public in discussing my anxiety attacks after having bottled it up inside for [...]

By | 2015-12-31T09:03:20+00:00 December 31st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Nic Newling

It’s funny. I wouldn’t say I’m usually overly careful with my words. I’d never intentionally hurt someone of course but at the same time I’m also not one to walk on eggshells. It’s quite different here in Australia like that. Our culture has plenty of unusual quirks and many of them are tied to the [...]

By | 2015-11-09T19:03:28+00:00 November 8th, 2015|Categories: Stigma Fighters, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Christine Campbell

Rid the stigma-we are warriors!! I celebrated 23 years of sobriety this past January and finished my final project for my Master’s degree last week. I am an A student by the grace of God, and I put my all into my work no matter what the task or requirement is. I reflect back to [...]

By | 2015-11-04T12:55:41+00:00 November 5th, 2015|Categories: Stigma Fighters, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Shelly Buliani

My grandmother is one of the great loves of my life. It’s a child-like love that is reckless and without boundary. As a kid, I always knew that my grandmother – Nani - loved me. While I offered cuddles, Nani offered chores. I think of it as army-style affection. You know… The cold and commanding [...]

By | 2015-10-30T14:03:18+00:00 October 30th, 2015|Categories: Stigma Fighters, Uncategorized|0 Comments