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Stigma Fighters: Catherine Stone

OPEN LETTER TO SOCIETY Dear society, People who suffer from mental illness are not second-class citizens. They are not jokes, they are not puns, they are not attention-seekers. Their lives are not worth any less than your own and their illnesses are no different from those you call 'physical', as if though the brain was [...]

By | 2015-10-24T18:38:15+00:00 October 25th, 2015|Categories: Stigma Fighters, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Worst Friend Ever to Friend with Depression- Ep.1 by @rachelgriffin22 and @osnsmom

Rachel Griffin, a passionate mental health advocate, and Sarah Fader, CEO of Stigma Fighters, made a video recently about the worse friend ever to a friend struggling with depression. The dynamic duo calls themselves "Anxiety Gals." As people living with mental illness, we've heard our fair share of advice on how to cope with our [...]

By | 2015-10-12T06:03:53+00:00 October 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Raylynn Sleight

I've often wondered what depression would look like from the inside out. If we could use a microscope and snap a photo of what it looked like festering and burning inside someone's body, I would submit that it would be a frightening sight and one that we would never forget. So, why is it that [...]

By | 2015-10-11T06:54:28+00:00 October 11th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Jonathan Harnisch

People With Depression Cannot 'Snap Out Of It' People with depression cannot “snap out of it.” My moods change frequently, and I am currently depressed. There is nothing more depressing than suffering from depression and still feeling sad. So, what's the point? Will it pass? No doubt. I forget what it's like to smile, and [...]

By | 2015-06-28T08:51:15+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

When Depression Hits

When Depression Hits by Allie Burke He gives me this look like he thinks I'm crazy. I know this look all too well. I see it on one face or another every day. Is it me? Do I imagine the youareanutjob face? I am a nutjob, according to what that doctor wrote on the paper [...]

By | 2015-04-19T15:13:10+00:00 April 19th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Become a Member

When I created Stigma Fighters it was a blog series. It was a place where people living with mental illness could share their stories. Since that time in 2014 it has grown. We have become a non-profit organization. I am honored to have a staff of individuals working for Stigma Fighters who are passionate about [...]

By | 2015-03-09T10:18:13+00:00 March 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: EMM, not Emma.

Mental illness People assume you aren’t sick unless they see the sickness on your skin like scars forming a map of all the ways you’re hurting. My heart is a prison of Have you tried? Have you tried exercising? Have you tried eating better? Have you tried not being sad, not being sick? Have you [...]

By | 2015-03-02T10:32:50+00:00 March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|2 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Michelle Rosenthal

Healing the Pain of the Past By Michele Rosenthal It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m at an enormous party at the Breaker’s Hotel on Palm Beach Island off the east coast of Florida. The band is rocking, the dance floor is packed with over 100 guests, friends and strangers are celebrating with jubilant, life-affirming glee [...]

By | 2015-02-17T11:32:31+00:00 February 13th, 2015|Categories: Brave People, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Robert Parmer

Empower Yourself and Recognize Stigmas Hold Zero Validity By Robert Parmer We live in a country still unfortunately filled with some social, physical health, and mental health stigmas. America doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to these types of shamming behaviors and that is, to put it lightly, disappointing. Taking the steps [...]