Katey Whiteman – “Little Miss Sunshine”

When I was a little girl, I watched my older brother struggle with alcoholism. It broke my heart to see him go from a thriving, smart, hard-working basketball player with tons of natural talent, to a racist loner who would rather spend time with a bottle than family or friends. He's ten years older than [...]

By |2019-09-24T10:56:42-08:00September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Changes

Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone If your time to you Is worth savin' Then you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin'. - Bob Dylan [...]

By |2019-09-06T14:48:44-08:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Chris Morris – One Year Later

One year ago today, I shuffled out of the psych ward. They said I was ready to face the world again, and that my suicidal thoughts were under control. I wasn’t so sure. I knew the demons that I still faced every morning, and every night, and every moment in between. But, I was apparently [...]

By |2019-09-05T11:13:35-08:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Recovery is Non-Linear by Sarah Fader

Recovery is Non-Linear Recovery is non-linear. Anyone who says that getting better is a straight line - I want their secret. I want to be stable, but what does that mean? It means sometimes being unstable, wobbly, broken in particular ways. We shatter and come together. We hurt and we heal. We scream, cry or [...]

By |2019-08-30T14:51:36-08:00August 30th, 2019|Categories: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Panic|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Kira Dorothy – Butterflies, Moths, and Skippers.

Today I read, "growth is painful. change is painful. but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." I don't feel stuck these days. I feel like I am learning to fly. As I am learning to fly, I wanted to use a butterfly metaphor ... but then I decided that moths [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:11:09-08:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Thea DeSilva

My name is Thea, and I’ve been living with schizoaffective depressive type for a long time. It’s been maybe fifteen years since I started going to the psychiatric hospital. I’ve identified a few triggers that contribute to increased symptoms of schizophrenia. I try to live a life that’s simple and that doesn’t contribute to symptoms. [...]

By |2019-08-16T14:01:16-08:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments

Raymond Regan – Words Do Count

We use anywhere from 20,000 to 40,000 of the 171,476 basic words that make up the English language. Words make us human. Novelists use words to tell stories that make us laugh or cry. Lawyers mix words and confound us with pages of secret code. Language entertains us; we use it to share joy, to [...]

By |2019-08-15T12:56:59-08:00August 15th, 2019|Categories: Stigma Fighters|0 Comments