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Sarah Smith – You can’t make your family accept you, you can only accept that they don’t

My sister wouldn’t talk to me for almost five years. The original story from my perspective was she was mad at me for not working while I was getting multiple panic attacks a day while pregnant with my first son. At one point she even told me “Fuck your therapist and fuck your doctor, you [...]

By |2019-06-07T08:16:25-07:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Schizophrenia Collective: There’s Nothing We Can’t Do – Supporting People With Schizophrenia

by Rebecca Chamaa Schizophrenia Awareness Week is May 20 – 27th. Here is a condensed list of things you can do to support people with this brain disease: Be aware that some people with schizophrenia like to have their illness talked about, or written about in person first language. For example, I prefer to be [...]

The Schizophrenia Collective: Reducing Stigma Through Fashion and Art

by Allie Burke I met Michelle Hammer years ago through a mutual passion to reduce stigma associated with schizophrenia. I remember feeling so awed and inspired by her because she was so artistic and brilliant. Not only did I respect her for what she was doing but I genuinely wanted to be her friend because [...]

The Schizophrenia Collective: The Struggles of Schizophrenia

by Lamont Derrickson The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes schizophrenia as "a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia may seem like they have lost touch with reality. Although schizophrenia is not as common as other mental disorders, the symptoms can be very [...]

The Schizophrenia Collective: The Unique Nature of Schizophrenia

Dear Stigma Fighters Community, I want to say thank you for welcoming me into your hearts to open up about living with schizophrenia. That is not always the case – I have lost many friends simply by saying I am Schizophrenic, and though schizophrenia is not always the most talked about disorder, even in most [...]

Schizophrenia, Stigma, and the Pressure to Tell Everyone About It

by Allie Burke Spoiler alert: you don’t have to if you don’t want to. I happened to be scrolling Twitter yesterday and came across a tweet that suggested something about mental health and advocacy that I hadn’t ever considered before. […]

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By |2019-02-28T20:19:36-07:00February 28th, 2019|Categories: Schizophrenia|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stigma Fighters: Anonoymous

Hello From The Outside (I Am A Hypocrite) I grew up in a loving home, with a father and a mother that were seemingly happy together. We went on family vacations and my siblings and I never went without. My parents sacrificed everything for us, and I will always be thankful for that – for [...]

By |2016-04-06T05:04:21-07:00April 6th, 2016|Categories: PTSD, 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 : Nabilah Safa

The world was spinning again. It was as though I could hear everything and nothing all at once. A constant buzzing of sound. A voice that I didn’t recognize was trying to explain something, but what was that voice trying to say? It was important, very important. Why didn’t they understand? Why was she looking [...]

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 [...]