Eliminating Stigma One Story at a Time
B Stigma-Free and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fairfield accepted entries from area residents for the “Eliminating Stigma – One Story At A Time” 2014 Essay Contest in order to share of personal stories of rejection, acceptance and unexpected kindness. These stories shine a light on how our lives, and our actions, profoundly affect those around us.
Nine courageous authors helped us all learn from each other by sharing their thoughts and experiences dealing with stigma.
A panel of community representatives chose the winning essays, and all authors were recognized at a ceremony on June 4, 2014. Generous sponsors helped support the festivities and provided prizes. See our sponsors here. B Stigma-Free applauds all of our authors, and we thank them for sharing their stories!
Read all essays here:
1st Place Winner: Sarah Fasco.
Read Sarah’s essay here.
2nd Place Winner: Hillary Goldsmith.
Read Hillary’s essay here.
3rd Place Winner: Amanda Sage.
Read Amanda’s essay here.
Paul Bender. Read Paul’s essay here.
Emerson Bish. Read Emerson’s essay here.
Carol Kilham. Read Carol’s essay here.
Jack LeBouthillier. Read Jack’s essay here.
Joe Sicilia. Read Joe’s essay here.
Sharon Stevenson. Read Sharon’s essay here.
For more information on B Stigma-Free’s advocacy and educational services, please visit www.BStigmaFree.org. For more information on NAMI Fairfield’s mental health efforts and supportive services, please visit www.NAMIFairfield.org.