Stigma Fighters Anthology, Volume 3
Edited by Sarah Fader
|Ever wondered what it feels like to be ostracized from your own world at the hands of stigma? This is why Stigma Fighters exists. A compilation of personal perspectives, the third volume of the Stigma Fighters Anthology features essays from real people living with mental illness from around the globe. The raw stories in this anthology are the production of the individuals who speak bravely and candidly. Stigma Fighters is a non-profit mental health organization in Brooklyn, New York that seeks to give people living with mental illness a voice. Stigma Fighters has been featured in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, and on Good Day New York. The organization continues to create awareness in every aspect of society through community, college education, and the arts. Sarah Fader is the CEO of the non-profit organization Stigma Fighters. She 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 seen on The Today Show, The Huffington Post, Good Day NY and Quartz. She is a charismatic public speaker, and the recipient of BlogHer’s VOTY (Voices of The Year) award. Stigma Fighters 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.
Author Andrew Butters provides a trilogy of essays on the mental health challenges he has faced, and continues to face on a daily basis: anxiety, post concussion syndrome, and chronic insomnia (250 pages, 2017)
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|Andrew is a 40-something married father of two living in Cambridge, Ontario. He will tell you that his first published work was Losing Vern as part of the Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior anthology but in reality, it was a 500-word anecdote about how he accidentally lit himself on fire that made it into the third installment of the Darwin Awards books.
Fire is not the only foe for Andrew as he has received four severe concussions and four “minor” ones, the last coming in the summer of 2011. It goes without saying that he is totally on board with head protection and brain health.
Not all his distinctions are as dubious as appearing in a Darwin Awards book. He has also been on stage with Penn and Teller, on TV with Super Dave Osborne, scored a game winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens, “sold” music to filmmaker Kevin Smith, was given 3 seconds of non-speaking airtime in a TV commercial, and appeared as a fighting vagrant in a rap video.
He currently blogs, writes novels, is a huge fan of golf, hockey, science, equality, and the Oxford comma.
Andrew sometimes lets his love of attention override common sense. Evidence of this can be found pretty much anywhere you can find Andrew.