— Leeds & York NHS PFT (@LeedsandYorkPFT) October 7, 2016
Stigma Fighters is a blog series about real people living with mental illness.
The site aims to raise awareness about mental illness. It addresses stigma by creating a platform for people to share their personal stories and experiences battling mental illness. Sharing personal stories from everyday people, doctors, students, teachers, those who haven’t dared share this part of their lives because of the misconceptions, creates a more realistic representation of the face of mental illness. For those of us battling our illness, reading the struggles of others and sharing our own can be healing, and a way to feel less isolated and alone.
Plus, they have T-Shirts!
[…]I wanted to show the world that there are people living with mental illness who are not just homeless or institutionalized. There are those of us who are living within the confines of society.
There are teachers, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, actors, writers all living with mental illness. These are the stories that need to be told; the people who seem to be “regular” or “normal” people but are actually hiding a big secret. They are living with an invisible illness. They are struggling to function like the rest of society.
I’m using my forum to raise awareness for people (like me) who are seemingly “normal” but actually fighting hard to survive.
~ Sarah Fader
There are two chapters, US and Canada, created by Sarah Fader (of Old School New School Mom)
This sassy, to-the-point video exposes the reality of not just stigma surrounding mental health, but blatant neglect and unsympathetic treatment of those suffering from mental illness. It’s almost as though when someone is open enough to share their illness, there is still that lack of certainty about the validity of the claim. Like, does she really have depression, or does she just want attention, or is she just dwelling on something for too long. Is she having a pity party? Is she even trying to not be depressed? I still feel as though I will be perceived this way if I share. I am choosing to be open though. I will not allow anyone to make me feel as though I am allowing this to happen, that it is completely in my control. It 100% is not.
Here is the video. Enjoy!
This is an example of blatant and condescending stigmatization of mental illness.
It is the most ignorant, uneducated, condescending I’ve actually heard. This guy’s arguments are so flawed that I can’t even…ahhh! Please, you have to listen to this!
There are approximately 5.7 million people in the United States with bipolar disorder. In an attempt to eliminate the mystery and misinformation surrounding the illness, many throughout the country diagnosed with this condition were interviewed extensively. They diligently explain the struggle to balance themselves between floating to a state of euphoria and sinking to a devastating depression.[…] In short, “Up/Down” is a personal analysis of bipolar disorder from those living with it.
Hello, nice to meet you! So, what do you do?
Is this innocent small talk or a loaded, anxiety provoking question? Personally I think it can probably be both depending on who you ask. I know I have maybe asked it in passing, not meaning to judge anyone based on the response. I think it is probably a formality that evokes some form of anxiety stemming from perceived expectations surrounding the response. Still, now that I think about it, I think that I will try to be somewhat more creative and personal in how I interact and get to know someone new. I will try to ask questions that help me get to know the personality, uniqueness and personal characteristics of my new acquaintances (maybe friends) in the future.
This video was originally sourced from Upworthy