Stigma Fighter Stories

Fighting Stigma
“It was brutal, – I live it every day – there were numerous occasions during the search and rescue, where I believed my life or the lives of others were in imminent danger. ”

Ian Knabel
5 Steps For Beating Self Stigma
“Stigma over mental health issues is bad enough from someone else. When it comes from within the effects can be devastating.”
Ian is from Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Janine Ripper
Life Beyond the Dark Cloud
“I’ve lived most of my life in a chronic state of anxiety with periods of deep depression. Sometimes there have been reasons. At other times, there were no reasons. It was just my normal state of being.”
Janine is from Perth, WA,  Australia

Elly Taylor
Stigma Fighters – Ellly T.
‘But I wasn’t looking for statistics. I didn’t want to be one; I was looking for a way out.’

Jasmin Pierre
Clinical depression awareness/testimony
This is an amazing YouTube video detailing the personal experience of a young woman with severe clinical depression. The testimony is raw and compelling, and we are honored to share this story with you.

Lois Caniglia
Stepping It Up- Let’s Talk Bullying With Stigma
‘Speaking out about my mental illness by taking a chance and writing about experiencing my bipolar has become most helpful in my recovery process. It’s helping me to accept my disorder, allowing me to move on from the darkness of my past and look forward to a brighter future.’

Victoria Sawyer
My Story of Panic: Angst
“I’ve described my panic attacks, anxiety and subsequent depression in many different ways over the 20 years I’ve battled my inner demons. Sometimes it is as an adversary, sometimes as a curse or monster, sometimes as my burden, my craziness, even my mental defect.”

Joe Williams
The Enemy Within
In a bid to raise awareness about mental health issues in the Riverina, local business woman Simone Dowding from The Blessed Bean has teamed up with Alexis and Steve from Mayfly Media to create a short film about a local sportsman and his battles with depression and suicide.
Joe is from Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 

Jason T
Waiting out the Storm
“It’s one thing to want to recover, it’s another to choose to recover. Actively seeking to recover, that’s the difference because that is when recovery can happen […]That’s when the storm clouds start to clear and the sun shines once again.”
Jason is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Going Both Ways
“And I think it’s then that I real­ised, as did she, what’s been wrong with me for so long [….] ‘shit, I’m bipolar.'”
Matt Lives is a Welsh guy living in California, USA

Ross Hamilton
Stigma Fighters Ross Hamilton
“In some ways it was almost a relief to eventually be forced out onto an invalidity pension. But even then my beloved former employer had to resort to lies, denials and suppressed information to get their way. After all, according to them it was all my fault.”
Ross is from Canberra, ACT, Australia

Sara Joy
Lady of Anxiety
My Stigma Fighters Journey
Sara is one of the Content Managers for Stigma Fighters Down Under. These are her stories about her life with Anxiety and her journey to becoming a Stigma Fighter.
Sara is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Helen White
Stigma Fighters: Helen W
Interview with Helen White of Stigma Fighters DU
 My Stigma Fighters Journey
I am Helen White – Content Manager Stigma Fighters Down Under.  I live with Borderline Personality Disorder and Chronic Pain, which I manage with the help of a collection of amazing specialists. I share a house with 1 1/2 men, 5 fish and 2 very spoiled Siamese. I hope to go back to studying for a Masters in Information Management this year, and I am also learning how to garden – so far the roses are growing and flowering nicely.

Allie Burke
Stigma Fighters Allie Burke
An American novelist, book critic, and magazine editor, Allie Burke writes books she can’t find in the bookstore. Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie’s fairytales.
Visit Allie at or on Twitter at

Sarah Fader
Stigma Fighters Sarah Fader
Sarah Fader is the creator of the popular parent-life blog Old School /New School Mom( Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Additionally, like about six million other American adults, Sarah lives with panic disorder. She writes for Psychology Today on her column Panic Life. She has been featured on The Huffington Post, Good Day NY, and HuffPost Live. She is currently leading the Stigma Fighters campaign which gives individuals with mental illness a platform to share their personal stories.Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to show the world that there is a diverse array of real everyday people behind mental illness labels.

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