It’s hard to believe that Shattering Stigmas has actually come to an end! This event has been incredible and I’m honored and grateful that Taylor chose me as a co-host.
So many amazing things happened over the last two weeks –
- conversations were started
- stories were shared for the first time
- people realized they weren’t alone
- advice was given and used
- stigmas were shattered
To my guest posters –
Thank you. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I feel so much gratitude towards each and every one of you.
This was my first time co-hosting an event like this and it very easily could have been a failure. But you made it successful. So many of you jumped on board as soon as I put the call out for submissions and a few of you even responded to my last minute pleas.
Your hard work and determination to help shatter the stigmas associated with mental illness did not go unnoticed. Your stories made a difference in people’s lives and they will stick with me for a very long time.
To my readers –
This was an event I immediately knew I wanted to participate in but was nervous about how it would be received. My blog focuses on books and talking about everything but that for two weeks was a risk. You could have easily ignored every post and spent your time doing something else – but you didn’t.
Thank you for every story you read, comment made, and post liked. Thank you for understanding the importance of the work being done and for joining the conversation.
It’s a wonderful thing to finally feel as if you’ve found your group of people. I’m lucky to have that and it’s because of you.
To my fellow hosts –
Taylor – None of this would have happened without your guidance and direction. Thank you for all the time you put into the event and for always being willing to brainstorm and answer questions. I’m so thankful I get to call you friend.
Shannon – Thank you for originally creating this event four years ago. You started something that has given platforms to those that needed it and shows others that they aren’t alone. Lives have been changed because of you.
Amber – Life hasn’t been easy and I’ve appreciated your openness every step of the way. That’s such an important part in shattering the stigmas we encounter. Thank you for your dedication and the stories you helped add to the conversation.
The event may be over, but the stories continue.
If you missed any of the posts from the last two weeks I encourage you to read them. Support the authors and help continue to shatter the stigmas associated with mental illnesses.
- Hindsight is 20/20: How I Missed All the Signs by J.L. Tate
- A Day in My Life (As a Person with Borderline Personality Disorder) by Wendy from What the Log
- Author Interview with Candace Ganger
- The War Within by Tamara Basic
- A Personal Essay by Dana from Devour Books with Dana
- Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
- Author Interview with Ronni Davis
- Up All Night for Suicide Prevention by Lindsey Turnbull
- On Perfectionism as a Debut Author by Zack Smedley
- Jamie at Books and Ladders’ Review of Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
- Handholds for in the Dark by Heidi
- Autism and How It Intersects My Chronic Depression and Anxiety Disorder by Mina from Bookish Enby
- Ted Revolutionizes the Toaster by Anonymous
- How My Mental Illness Effects Me as a Reader and a Blogger by Amber from The Book Bratz
- Accepting Help by Shon from Books and Bugs
- Taylor Swift and My Recovery from Self-Harm
From Taylor @ Stay on the Page:
- “Happy, Revisited” by Troix Jackson
- Q&A with Phil Stamper, Author of “The Gravity of Us”
- “De-Romanticizing Love and Mental Illness” by Taylor Lien
- Q&A with Erin Hahn, Author of “You’d Be Mine” and “More Than Maybe”
- Q&A with Mia García, Author of “The Resolutions”
- Guest Post from Olivia Hinebaugh
- “Social Anxiety and Heteronormativity” by Olivia Gennaro
- “Write About Anxiety, Said My Brain” by Charvi @ It’s Not Just Fiction
- Q&A with Farah Naz Rishi, Author of “I Hope You Get This Message”
- “A Rant About Being Invalidated” by Ben Ace
- Q&A with Nicole Melleby, Author of “Hurricane Season” and “In the Role of Brie Hutchens…”
- “A New Kind of Writer’s Block” by Rey Noble
- “Advocacy Over Awareness” by Taylor Tracy
- Shattering Stigmas 2019 Master List
From Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight:
- Introduction Post
- “Coping With Chronic Illness”: A Guest Post by Beth
- “How Poetry Helps Me Acknowledge my Mental Health”: A Guest Post by Tamara Basic
- “TFW College and Anxiety Steal Your Love of Reading” by Malka at Paper Procrastinators
- “Taking Risks and Daring to Dream” By Julia Ember
- #ShatteringStigmas Reviews in a Minute
- “Musings on Living with Depression” by C.J. Listro
- “What Happens When You’re Shattered” by Amber @ YA Indulgences
- Shattering Stigmas 5.0 Is a Wrap!
From Amber @ YA Indulgences:
- Introduction Post
- “The Quest for Better Mental Health Awareness” by Nia Carnelio
- “Understanding Her Mental Health” by Kimberly Canady
- “Fifteen Years” by Mia Siegert
- “Struggling with Anorexia” by Rebecca Alora
- “When Grief Meets Courage” by Sierra
- SHATTERING STIGMAS 5.0. – WRAP-UP!