Once upon a time, there was a woman who recognized a need for a centralized place where people affected by mental illnesses could come together and tell their stories. That woman’s name is Sarah Fader, and her international non-profit organization is called Stigma Fighters.

A grand community was built from such an idea that encouraged the power of community which gave real people a voice. A voice that they would not have, had the life of someone with a mental illness taken away their voice when it took their life. Stigma Fighters promotes truth and bravery and love, but it also promotes life. Life lived happily without judgment.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and in true Stigma Fighters fashion, it would be an honor for us to share your stories of how you or a loved one survived suicide. We will of course accept anonymous submissions, but we hope you will show your face and stand proud with us to fight the stigma of mental illness and tell the world that we are here, and we are not going away.

You can submit here before August 31. Change the world with us…


A Bestselling Author, NPO VP, and Psychology Today Blogger from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a “kickass book that defies the genre it’s in”, Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal.

Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.

From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.