Stigma Fighters is a blog series I created for people living with mental illness to share their journeys. Contributors have written about living with depression, bipolar, PTSD, and anxiety to name a few conditions mentioned. It has been liberating for these individuals to share their stories.
Stigma Fighters has become more than just a place to swap stories. It's a community of like-minded individuals.
We are human beings who are tired of living with the label or diagnosis attached to them. Members of this community are willing to stand up and say "I am living with depression, but I am not defined by my diagnosis."
As one of my brave Stigma Fighters, Eva, said: "I don't want to be bipolar, I want to be Eva with bipolar." She's right. We are not our diagnoses. We are people living with mental health issues.
I started Stigma Fighters to promote awareness about mental health issues to a larger audience and impact change.
In order to combat stigma, I will start by spreading awareness to college campuses. Once the organization is formed, I will embark on a university tour, speaking on various college campuses to spread mental health awareness. There will be organized Stigma Fighters meet up events where community members can share stories and engage together in mental illness advocacy.
It's about time that individuals living with mental illness were given a voice. I'm ready to get out my proverbial megaphone and start talking.