What? A Mental Health Publishing Company?!

Stigma Fighters Founder and CEO Sarah Fader created Eliezer Tristan Publishing Inc., in February 2018. We are continuous partners with this independent publishing company, who shares our aim to raise awareness about mental illness, stories of resilience, and more. Eliezer Tristan Publishing Inc. has grown rapidly. As part of their mission, we are coming together to create a [...]

By |2018-09-01T15:12:10-07:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Norb Aikin – My Roadmap To Fibromyalgia: Everything, or Nothing; and sometimes both.

When I was growing up, we had a clawfoot tub- no shower- and while it was inconvenient at times, it became very comfortable to relax in. After a long day of wrestling practice, or biking across town to play pickup football with my friends, a nice long hot soak was the perfect remedy for my [...]

By |2018-08-10T19:21:13-07:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

I Don’t Want to Be Disabled But I Am – Sarah Fader CEO

I don’t want to be disabled but I am. I have multiple disabilities. I don’t even know if I like the word disability. Dis-ability – it’s so negative. In the 1990s when I was growing up, you insulted another person by “dissing” them. When I hear the word disability, I feel that I’m being dissed [...]

By |2018-08-09T07:54:51-07:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Joanna C. Valente – That Time My Therapist Told Me I Wasn’t Raped — And Other Ways People Dismissed My Body

That Time My Therapist Told Me I Wasn’t Raped — And Other Ways People Dismissed My Body   I can’t remember when it started. I remember looking up at my mother, perhaps age 4, and she was trying to get me to eat a cookie, saying I wouldn’t get fat, that it was OK. I [...]

By |2018-07-25T11:15:40-07:00July 25th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

It’s Not Me, It’s My Brain.

“It’s Not Me, It’s My Brain” -- Sarah Comerford Recently I wrote the introduction to the fourth Stigma Fighters anthology. It was a proud moment for me. I’ve been with this organization since its inception, and I am thrilled how far we’ve come. I mention this in the introduction, but I also mention how far [...]

By |2018-07-24T13:03:23-07:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Mental Illness Is Ugly – Sparklle Rainne and Sarah Fader

Mental Illness Is Ugly - Sparklle Rainne and Sarah Fader Once upon a time, I lit a box of vomit on fire. It was an attempt to hide my Bulimia. I had nowhere to purge, so I puked into a box and slept with it in my room all night until I could drag it [...]

By |2018-07-24T09:31:20-07:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lea Grover – On Rape Culture

Trigger warning- sexual assault  I was raped when I was fourteen years old. Before the assault I was a socially engaged kid, marching in “Take Back the Night” rallies, listening to And Difranco and Tori Amos, solemnly absorbing the rape stories they sang and understanding their experiences weren’t universal, but at the same time, they [...]

By |2018-07-23T21:59:40-07:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Regina Singleton

I am twenty-three and I have lived with depression for half of my life. Before I was even aware of what the words depression and anxiety meant I knew there was something wrong with me. It wasn't just sadness but a persistent feeling that nothing would ever bring me happiness. My depression was the result [...]

By |2018-07-20T21:12:50-07:00July 20th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments