Category: Shattering Stigmas

Farewell to Shattering Stigmas 2018!

Posted October 20, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments

Hello, friends! I can hardly believe I’m sitting down to write this post. I’m here today to recap and wrap up the Shattering Stigmas 4.0 blog event, which has been happening for the past two weeks across five blogs. I want to start by saying a huge thank you to my fellow hosts– Taylor, Ben, Kitty, and Marie— for throwing their time and energy into this event, and for posting so much wonderful content throughout. Special shoutouts to Tay for organizing and spearheading everything this year. <3 shattering stigmas on novel ink Here’s a recap of what went up on my blog during the event, in case you missed anything! I wrote an introduction post! Yvonne @ Randomly Creative gave […]

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Guest Post: Mental Health is an Ongoing Journey | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 18, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

Welcome back to another guest post for Shattering Stigmas 4.0! I can’t believe how quickly this round has flown. I hope you all are enjoying the conversation as much as I am! Today, I have Heidi here to share her story. Enjoy her post! (P. S. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts to ensure you haven’t missed any content from our five wonderful hosts!) heidi’s story Mental health is a relatively new topic for me, even though I have struggled with it as long as I can remember. Growing up in a small town, we never discussed mental health. We never talked about what depression and anxiety actually looked like, much less how to […]

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Guest Post: Dealing with Depression | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 17, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments

Hello! Welcome back to another day of Shattering Stigmas– in fact, this is my second-to-last guest post of the event; I can hardly believe how quickly these two weeks have gone! Today, Alexis is here to talk about depression and getting help. Let’s dive in! (P. S. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts!) alexis’s story I was a freshman in college when I first realized how bad my depression had become. I had dealt with depression throughout my teens following the death of my grandfather, a man who acted as a father in the absence of my own. But it felt manageable because […]

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Guest Post: Finding Solace in Stories | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 16, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments

Hello, and welcome to another Shattering Stigmas guest post! Today, my lovely friend Emma is here to talk about how she became a reader and how that’s part of her identity. Let’s get into her beautiful words! (P. S. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so that you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts!) emma’s story I grew up with a live oak in my backyard, a gangly giant beast of a tree, tall and unmoving, arching against our house. I spent my entire childhood swinging on a red piece of wood harnessed to its largest branch. I was always an imaginative child, creating elaborate stories and fantasies where I was a […]

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Guest Post: What to Know About Therapy | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 15, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

Hi, friends! Another day; another guest post for Shattering Stigmas– today, Cindy is here to talk about what she’s learned from years of therapy and to give you some tips on what to expect. Let’s get into it! (P. S. Make sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts!) cindy’s story I have been in therapy for twenty years. Not continuously, but off and on. In the beginning, I would find a therapist and go until I was feeling better, and then stop until my life fell apart again. Now I know better. I go once a week, every week, no matter what. I haven’t seen […]

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Guest Post: On Mental Illness and Intersectional Identity | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 14, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

Hi, everyone! Today, I have fellow Atlanta book blogger Sarah here to talk about her frustration with the lack of Asian characters who also deal with mental illness in fiction. Give her a warm welcome, and let’s get into her thoughts! (P. S. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so that you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts!) sarah’s story As an Asian-American reader, it really bums me out that just now, I have started seeing more and more books by non-Western authors with non-white leads, which is not a bad thing. But it’s nowhere near where it could be either, and I don’t believe in applauding mediocrity; especially when the only […]

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Guest Post: The Importance of Mental Health Books in YA + Recommendations | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 7 Comments

Hello! It’s time for another Shattering Stigmas guest post. Today, I have Becky here to chat about why mental health rep in YA is important, and also to give some of her go-to recommendations for mental health rep in YA! As always, be sure to check out the masterlist of posts from Shattering Stigmas 4.0 to make sure you haven’t missed any of the awesome content from all five of the hosts. becky’s recommendations Hey friends, Well, with everything going on lately, writing a post about mental health in literature feels super relevant right now. As someone who has been plagued with mental health issues for…years, I feel like shattering stigmas and talking openly about mental health is something we […]

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Guest Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Posted October 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Guest Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard | Shattering Stigmas 2018

Hi, everybody, and welcome to another guest post for Shattering Stigmas 4.0. Today, the lovely Sophie is here to review What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard, a YA contemporary with eating disorder rep. Be sure to check out the masterlist of Shattering Stigmas 4.0 posts so that you don’t miss any content from our five wonderful hosts. Without further ado, let’s get into the review! sophie’s thoughts What I Lost follows Elizabeth, a girl just like me, just like any other, who struggled with her body image for a really long time. Unlike many other novels that I’ve read which featured characters with mental illness, this is not one of those stories which allow you to explore the experiences and […]

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Shattering Stigmas 2018: An Introduction

Posted October 6, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Hi, everyone! Today’s post will be a quick one. I wanted to introduce Shattering Stigmas, a blog event that I’ll be co-hosting over the next two weeks! Shattering Stigmas is an annual blog event that focuses on ending the stigma surrounding mental health. It’s a place for us to have honest conversations about mental health, our experiences, and the books that we’ve seen ourselves reflected in. The four other (wonderful) hosts for this year’s event are Taylor, Marie, Ben, and Kitty. I’ve admired Shattering Stigmas from afar for quite a few years, and last year I posted a guest post about my own experiences on Shannon’s blog. (It’s still one of my favorite things I’ve written, tbh.) I’m pretty open online about […]

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#ShatteringStigmas Part II: Loved One’s Mental Health & the Emotional & Physical Effects

Posted August 29, 2016 by Christy / 1 Comment

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. People with schizophrenia — the most chronic and disabling of the major mental illnesses — often have problems functioning in society, at work, at school, and in relationships. Schizophrenia can leave its sufferer frightened and withdrawn. – Taken from WebMD This may be what most people think of when they hear the word, Schizophrenia.  Me, however, I think of my grandma. Even when I was little I knew that something wasn’t right with my grandma.  She wasn’t like my other grandma, instead she was more child like.  She was often talking to herself and there were a […]

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