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Stigma Fighters: Kevin L. Schwartz

Trigger warning - suicide  I think we can all agree life isn't worth living. The question is: are you too lazy to do anything about it? Most people are. Usually I am too. One day I wasn't, so I sliced open my wrists and downed a bottle of Klonopin and waited to fall asleep and [...]

By | 2016-04-26T07:05:50+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Shaylynn Hayes

Red Lipstick
 When people talk about anxiety they talk about the huge and strange ways it impacts your life... what they don't talk about is how it can deteriorate the day to day. There was once a time when I was too afraid to wear red lipstick. I felt too bold, too visible, and not [...]

Stigma Fighters: Valentina Cedillo

Trigger warning- self harm  When I was in the 7th grade, I cut myself for the first time. I didn’t even really know why I was doing it. I just knew I was hurting and so far, my attempts to get someone to take the way I was feeling, had failed. I told a family [...]

By | 2016-04-23T07:10:52+00:00 April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Depression, Self Harm, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters: Berni B

Sickness, Stress and Self-doubt… And Then There’s Me…. By Berni OK, I was a miserable child, from what I remember. I was the only kid with glasses. I moved about because dad's work moved about. So I joined my junior school mid-year. Don’t ask me at what age. Anyway I was bullied at junior school [...]

By | 2016-04-10T07:08:44+00:00 April 13th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Valentina Cedillo

*Trigger warning - suicide.  In four days it will be a year since I lost my only brother to suicide. The past year has been the most excruciatingly painful of all my 23 years. I was naïve to think I had ever known pain before April 8th of 2015. The days, weeks, and months that [...]

By | 2016-04-10T07:30:27+00:00 April 11th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Stigma Fighters, Suicide|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Erin Khar

Free The first time I thought about killing myself, I was seven or eight years old. My parents had recently separated. With their separation, the thin film that had kept me from falling into a dark hole wore through. In fact, I had reoccurring dreams about it, about a hole, in our front yard, sucking [...]

By | 2016-04-11T08:06:59+00:00 April 9th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Suicide|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Amy McCullough

When I was a child, I was told to fear strangers; that they were the threat to my innocence. Unfortunately, I was never told that real danger would come from someone in my own family. When I was 10 years old, my great grandfather molested me. It wasn’t enough that he stole my innocence from me, [...]

By | 2016-04-03T17:14:49+00:00 April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Sexual abuse, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Megan Kelsay

Darkness surrounds me and I feel as though I can’t breathe. All I want to do is sleep and cry, but then I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I try to get up, but it’s like something is holding me down so I can’t move. I try to move but it [...]

By | 2016-03-30T09:53:46+00:00 March 30th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Matthew Eaton

Is admitting being a victim of child sexual abuse courageous? There are times I doubt this power as I look at myself in the mirror. I am still remarkably human. The hair fades in color and quantity. The waist still expands as if my stomach had a mind of its own. I still have flaws, [...]

Stigma Fighters : Alana Romain

This Is What Depression Looks Like Earlier this year, I came off of my antidepressant medication. It was a poorly thought out decision, (I have a pretty difficult history with depression and mental illness), and I did it cold turkey, even though I knew better. Still, I thought I’d be okay. I wasn’t okay. The [...]