How Bullying Affects Mental Health

Bullying is surprisingly common: one in five students between 12 and 18 years old report that they have experienced it. Bullying has a huge impact on the mental health of not only targets, but bystanders who witness an incident. Stigma can contribute to bullying among kids and teens. But fostering a safe, accepting environment where […]

Riding the Bipolar Roller Coaster

As that famous Silver Screen philosopher Forrest Gump once said, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.” And so the story goes for those of us ‘Touched with Fire’—to salute my fellow bipolarities, movie-maker Paul Dalio and writer/activist Kay Redfield Jamison.  For bipolar—the modern term for manic-depression—is […]

Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu – Stigma-Free Champion Feature

My name is Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu and I am a rapper, writer, public speaker, creative and Mental Health Advocate. Growing up with Cerebral Palsy, I have first-hand experience of feeling unworthy and useless due to bullying. While I did not see it initially, I realize now that these hardships have had a tremendous effect on my […]

Another Day by Sanjana Karthik

I believe that when you are young, you can be vulnerable to various changes and experiences that take place within your own body, your life, and the overall world you reside in. Being an adolescent gives way to challenges and the need to balance several aspects of one’s life. For instance, there is a need […]

Men Experience Eating Disorders Too

Hi, my name is Sterling and I go by he/him pronouns. I am an established mental health advocate and a proud Stigma-Free Society Presenter. I am writing this to share a glimpse of my lived experience of mental illness, recovery, and mental health advocacy. I have always batted high levels of anxiety for as long […]