For Sarah Fader, eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health is really important. It’s important to those who are suffering from a mental illness, and to people who love someone suffering from a mental illness. And just like Sarah, I want to see the stigma broken and gone forever.
For me being a Stigma Fighter, means being open and honest about my depression and other mental illnesses when I’m having a conversation with a friend or writing on my blog. Whether there’s fear that I’m showing or not. Because talking about that is something that is never going to be easy to do not matter how many times I do it.
I could have very easily chosen not to send my story about dealing with depression and anxiety (as well as bipolar II and mild panic) to Sarah, but I wanted to. I thought that sharing my story and letting people know that they’re not alone was an important thing to do.
Mental health isn’t something that most people are willing to talk about openly, even with people that they trust for fear of the stigma stat surrounds it and not knowing how the other person will react.
It’s absolutely not an easy thing to talk about, but with a safe place like Sarah’s Stigma Fighters series on her blog, you can openly share your story or you can do it anonymously if you choose.
One more thing before I let you go off to read all those wonderfully, brave peoples’ stories:
Please donate to help Stigma Fighters become a non-profit!
Let’s eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health by talking about it!