Essay by Emerson Bish

It is a happy and extraordinary world. I am a happy kid and I like playing baseball and basketball and hockey. In the summer time I would walk to Pleasure Beach to swim. I would watch the tide rolling in, the sand, seagulls and small rocks in the water. I would explore the bridge made of larger stones that was a mile long. As I got older I made some wrong choices about not going to school, not sleeping and trying beer and wine. I did not listen to my parents and I did not do what I was told to do.

After getting into trouble with the law, I felt that was enough for me. I wanted to work to earn money. I just want healthy or strong enough and I did not have enough education or work skills. I needed help and I tried AA. From there I went to the mental health hospital. Three months of going to mental health counseling I noticed my problems started to change. I am feeling better than ever. The counselor made an appointment at Bridge House for me. At Bridge House I could have other medical help such as dental and physical health. I also received help with my finances and I could also socialize and make friends. I learned I could finish my high school and even go to a technical school. Maybe I could even play on the softball team at Bridge House. Music is important to me and I like to learn the chords so I can then try to play the songs. I practice my music thirty minutes every day.

I used to have problems talking with other people. Sometimes I would focus on the subject of the conversation and could not think about what the conversation meant. I do have problems with being social. Even though I like being around other people there are times when I feel strange in a crowd. Most of the time I am by myself thinking and trying to relax. Mostly I just worry myself with every little thing.

Bridge House has helped me to have friends. I don’t feel as nervous as I usually do. I feel relaxed here at Bridge House and I do not worry as much. The people here are friendly to me. I will always be grateful to have Bridge House!

Emerson Bish, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Southern Connecticut Alliance B Stigma-Free
Eliminating Stigma One Story at a Time Essay Contest 2014

Southern Connecticut Alliance of B Stigma-Free

Essay Contest 2014

Essay Contest 2013

Art Contest 2013

About Us

Our Sponsors

In the News


Be a Sponsor!
Sponsorship supports scholarship and prizes, promotion of events and the stigma-free message.
Sponsorship levels:
$250 and up
$49 and under
Donations are tax deductible. Sponsors will receive recognition on this website and at events throughout the year. Please see letter to sponsors here. For more information or to make a donation please contact Cheryll Houston at

Download Donation Form Here.



Press Room

For all media inquiries please contact Loretta Jay, 203.255.7703 or