What is Stigma Fighters?
Stigma Fighters is a non-profit mental health organization. I am the CEO and Founder, Sarah Fader. We have been featured on The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal and Good Day New York. It all started with a glimmer of an idea I had. I wrote an article for The Huffington Post about living with panic disorder and depression. For the majority of my life I suffered in silence with my diagnoses. The only people who knew about what I was dealing with were my parents and my best friend, Diane.
After years of dealing with these issues in near solitude, I decided to come out of the emotional closet. I told my story about living with mental illness. It was liberating. I received feedback from people all over the world, including a beautiful letter from a woman living with panic disorder in South America. She told me how brave I was and how she wished she could do what I had done: speak her truth.
I got to thinking, there wasn’t a place where people could honestly tell their stories about living with mental illness. So I created www.stigmafighters.com where people could tell their stories about living with bipolar disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, PTSD and many more mental illnesses. We now have over 500 essays. Our community is growing so rapidly.
The Stigma Fighters anthology is being published in spring 2015 with Booktrope. It is a compilation of essays from our website of brave individuals living with mental illness.
Here’s where you come in. We want you to submit a story to us. Share your journey about living with mental illness. Show others that they are not alone. We need your voice. Become a mental health warrior with us! Submit to Stigma Fighters today. We feature 1000 word essays from people living with mental illness. Is that you?
Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization 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.