Stigma Fighters: Christy Abram

Joy lives here by Christy Abram I won't go... They told me I have to... I dug my heels deep in the earth to escape his strength ... can't take me..I won't go... Crooked smiles passed as he led the way... I resisted sprouting obscenities and pulling at his scratchy coat... I won't go, [...]

By |2015-11-29T14:36:32-08:00November 29th, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters, Trauma|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: David Davis

From Thug to Advocate Growing up in inner city Washington D.C. hearing gun shots was an everyday thing. In the early ‘90s D.C. was like a war zone and violence was something that I had grown accustomed to throughout my childhood. My changing point came when I was 14 years old in 1996. My brother [...]

By |2015-11-13T16:46:26-08:00November 13th, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|2 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Liam Parry / Musashi

Not Just Soldiers I've said this before and I'll keep saying it you don't have to be a soldier to develop PTSD there's a long list of things that can cause PTSD combat is just one of them we also have witnessing death or injury, sexual assault, accidents like car crash, natural disasters, child sexual [...]

By |2015-11-09T19:07:10-08:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Rebecca D

I feel compelled to share my story for two reasons. One, because I am tired of being quiet; I have been suffering in silence for a very long time and I want to be heard. And two, in hopes that it will help somebody, because I believe a lot of people find themselves in similar [...]

By |2015-10-24T18:33:56-08:00October 24th, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Amy Oestreicher

PTSD: The Illness I Couldn’t See I grew up thinking an “illness” was either fever or croup. Illness was a stuffy nose – a sick-day, an excuse to miss a day of school. At 18 years old, “illness” took on an entirely different meaning. Illness meant waking up from a coma, learning that my stomach [...]

By |2015-10-03T15:50:03-08:00October 3rd, 2015|Categories: PTSD, Stigma Fighters|Tags: |1 Comment

Stigma Fighters : Pepper Joy Greggs

Anxiety, PTSD and Stigma I work as a dog trainer for a living and it’s a fact that as such, I run a risk of getting bitten at some point. I have been bitten a few times through the years, I have a protocol that if the dog has his vaccines up to date, I [...]

By |2015-09-08T20:02:50-08:00September 21st, 2015|Categories: Brave People, PTSD, Stigma Fighters|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters : Brian Knowler

In October of 2004, I was the first police officer on the scene of a fatal motor vehicle collision. Within the first few minutes of being at the scene, I quickly discovered that the seriously injured driver was a close friend. He died in my arms as I was performing CPR on him. I coped [...]

Stigma Fighters : Natalie Harris

I am honoured to have been recently asked by the international, non-profit organization Stigma Fighters to share my mental health story with them and their followers. The only requirement being that it be told in 1000 words or less…gulp…I’m always up for a challenge! I hope that by sharing my story with fellow mental illness [...]

Stigma Fighters : Maya Garcia

I am my own greatest gift to the world!! Please read those words carefully and take them all in before judging. I say that as much to myself as to anyone else. Because it's taken me years of therapy, analysis, soul-searching, shaman-style self healing, and connecting to spirituality to finally figure it out- I AM [...]

Stigma Fighters : Alyce Raven

I'm 41 years old and grew up as an only child in a family where violence, neglect, drugs and verbal abuse had a big impact on our lives. My father was addicted to alcohol and prescription drugs and was violent and abusive. He was also loving, creative, passionate, a wonderful musician and always wanted to [...]