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Stigma Fighters is an organization dedicated to spreading awareness about mental health issues in high schools and colleges around the United States

Stigma Fighters began as a blog series where people shared 1000-word essays about living with a variety of mental illnesses. The organization was founded by Psychology Today and Huffington Post Blogger, Sarah Fader. The basis of the program focuses on the invaluable benefits of sharing one’s story.

Stigma Fighters has been featured in Women’s Health Magazine, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Good Day New York, and most recently, on the cover of The Washington Post. Contributors to Stigma Fighters include ESPN Journalist Keith Law, Once Upon a Time Actor Michael Coleman, as well as people from around the world including the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SARAH FADER | CO-FOUNDER

Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a campaign platform that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She is an author and blogger, having been featured on Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York.

Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder. Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time.

Find out more about Sarah at SarahFader.com

ALLIE BURKE | CEO, CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR OF THE BOARD</h2

Allie Burke was an author before she told her readers she had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. The admission led her to write hundreds of publications on the subject, some of which have been featured in Refinery29, VICE, GOOD, and Women’s Health. She has written ten novels.

Allie blogs at http://selflessstateofmind.com.

SARAH COMERFORD | VP & ASSISTANT CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Sarah Comerford is a Jill of All Trades living in Honolulu, HI. When not working, writing, or chasing her toddler through the park, she is likely found curled up with a book and relishing the silence. She blogs at TheRealSarahC and shares her increasingly random thoughts on Twitter.

Sarah lives in Honolulu, Hawaii.

KATIE WALSH | SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR

Which came first: social, or self-stigma? Would one exist without the other? My dream is to live in a world where both do not exist. I would love to live in a world where mental illness is never used as an insult, or in media as a horror genre. I would love my head to be a place that doesn’t insult me or feel like a horror genre.

I believe it starts with conversations. I believe it starts with being visible and sharing our stories. So many of us were given the story that mental illness was shameful. When we walk away from this idea, when we start walking away from shame, we start walking away from the stigma that creates discrimination.

Change is coming. Hope is coming. We are coming to Fight Stigma.