Storytelling_by_MS_smallb Brave!
Share YOUR story

Tell your story and help us build a kinder and more accepting society. Let others better understand who you are, and how stigma has affected you.

Our brains are hardwired for storytelling – which means that when we hear stories we remember their lessons better. We internalize the story, making its message a part of us. The ideas become shared, and we connect on an emotional level. When we invite others to share our experiences through storytelling, they are better able to relate to us – to find a common, shared feeling. The experiences are amplified and empathy is enhanced. THAT is how we break down stigma!

Telling your story makes an abstract concept become real and creates a warm sentiment. This is how we can help people reflect upon their own lived experiences, values and judgments, and become motivated to take action. Your story becomes an inspiration for change. We need to hear yours!


How to Participate:

What is your favorite medium? A written story? A video of you talking about yourself? Poetry or spoken word? Whatever method works best for you works for us too.

Send us an email to bbrave [at] with your story. Be sure to include your contact information (name, email, phone number) and any other information about you that you think we should know.

Please note: Your submission gives B Stigma-Free implicit permission to share your story on our website and through other publicity. 


Tips for telling a compelling story:

When telling your story, remember your goal is to help others better understand who you are and how stigma has affected you, and through your experiences, better understand and relate to you (and your experience).

  • – What do you like to do in your free time?
  • – What is your occupation?
  • – Who do you love? Who loves you?

Think about the particular story that you want to share. Do some soul searching to help you identify the points that you want to include.

  • – How were you affected by stigma?
  • – How did you respond to it?
  • – How did it feel?
  • – What was the outcome?

The New York Times has a great “How to Tell Your Story” article here.

Send us your story: bbrave [at]

These folks are starting the conversation. Join them, and learn more about their stories here. 

Sometimes fighting for a cure is stigmatizing. Owen Granberg tells us about autism’s stigma. 


Read Owen’s story here.

Lindsay Wheeler is speaking out, giving herself permission to be happy,
and encouraging others to, too. 

Read Lindsay’s story here.

Lucy Marie Smith applies her artistic skills to help others better understand some of the challenges one experiences when living with a mental illness. 


See Lucy’s art here.

Albert Hsu tells us about overcoming his battle with suicide, mental illness and getting out of prison, and not letting stigma get in his way. 

Read Albert’s story here. 

Sarah Franco won’t let someone else’s words speak for her. Her story
tells us how.


Read Sarah’s story here.

 Hillary Goldsmith reaches out to the outliers, still struggling with depression. She’s here. We’re here. 


Read Hillary’s story here.