Shattering Stigmas: Jamie at Books and Ladders’ Review of Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Welcome to the tenth day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Title: Girl Against the Universe
Author: Paula Stokes
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 382

Content Warnings: death of family, survivor’s guilt, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), hospitalization

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Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

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Shattering Stigmas: On Perfectionism as a Debut Author by Zack Smedley

Welcome to the ninth day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


In September 2013, filmmaker Damien Chazelle—best known for the acclaimed films La La Land and Whiplash—was in a roadway accident that totaled his car. Despite being hospitalized, Chazelle returned to work the next day to resume filming Whiplash, which had a shooting schedule comprised of 18-hour workdays. The film went on to rack up 114 award nominations, win 49 of them, and is considered by many—myself included—to be one of the greatest films of its time.

When I read about this, I smirked and thought, “now there’s a guy who’s serious about the things he creates.” It reminded of the stories I’d heard of Aaron Sorkin, who would regularly turn in scripts late for The West Wing because he wasn’t happy with them yet. Or pop star MARINA, who rejected offers from 14 record labels because she wasn’t satisfied with their level of creative control.

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Shattering Stigmas: Up All Night for Suicide Prevention by Lindsey Turnbull

Welcome to the eighth day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Content Warnings: suicide

Twice now, I have walked 16 miles with 1,500 friends, in/visibly bound together, through Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, from 8 pm to 5 am for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a way to bring mental health and suicide awareness “out of the darkness.”

Not only did my own community TURN OUT and donate $1,000 in less than a week for Suicide Prevention (TWICE!), I found comfort in strangers for the first time ever.

As part of the walk, participants decorate luminarias in honor of loved ones lost to suicide and personal struggles, and wear honor beads, each color representing a different struggle or loss. When we pass someone on the we don’t see their inner personal struggle, or know that they lost a parent or sibling to suicide. The honor bead ritual bound 1,500 walkers together, putting their loss and triumphs on display, a visible community, created of grief, and loss, and hope, for one night.

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Shattering Stigmas: Author Interview with Ronni Davis

Welcome to the seventh day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Ronni, thank you so much for coming to talk about mental health. What does shattering stigmas mean to you?

To me, shattering stigmas means making things previously thought to be “taboo” more mainstream, so that we can have real conversations that are able to drive real change. In the case of mental illness, so many people still feel ashamed to admit they have it, and in turn, never get or use the treatment they need. I struggle with this myself. I’ll skip my medicine for no good reason, then wonder why I feel so terrible. And I think it’s because of a deep-seated shame that I even need it.

If the stigma gets shattered, well, I hope that means fewer people will feel shame because of their illness, and I hope it means more people will be able to get treatment. But we need to keep the dialogue open, and I’m so glad to see a lot of it happening. There are so many great Instagram accounts devoted to shattering this sigma, which is wonderful. I just hope this momentum keeps going.

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Shattering Stigmas: A Personal Essay by Dana from Devour Books with Dana

Welcome to the fifth day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Content Warnings: self-harm, suicide attempt

When Mari posted about this, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about mental health. Honestly I had so many ideas for things I could talk about.  I wanted to talk about my mental health and how isolated it makes me feel and how that makes my mental health worse, I wanted to talk about how being in an abusive relationship had destroyed my mental health and then I wanted to talk about how with my anxiety, the littlest thing can send me down a rabbit hole that I can’t get out of. I even thought about writing about how terrible the counseling offered at my college was. 

After much deliberation and typing up most of a post about my previously abusive relationship, I ended up with a post about my current mental health state and feeling isolated.  

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Shattering Stigmas: The War Within by Tamara Basic

Welcome to the fourth day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Content Warnings: war, suicide, self-harm, suicide

War.

A state of an armed conflict between states, governments, societies, paramilitary forces.

At any given moment, there is a war somewhere. Those affected know it best; those on the front lines breathe it in with lungs full of smoke, hear it echo in their ringing ears, taste it with every drop of sweat, tears and blood. Its impact echoes through miles and miles of land, from the ones who start it, to the ones who bring it to an end.

It rips holes in the ground, in the air, in homes and schools and stores and hospitals and churches; it rips into limbs and skin and hearts and minds.

It shatters the earth, and it shatters lives; peace. Shatters through history and every lesson history’s tried teaching us.

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Shattering Stigmas: Author Interview with Candace Ganger

Welcome to the third day of Shattering Stigmas! From now until October 22 I’ll be highlighting voices from the book community on mental health. I’m co-hosting this event with Taylor from Stay on the Page, Shannon from It Starts at Midnight, and Amber from YA Indulgences so make sure to check their blogs out each day to see different content.


Hi, Candace! Thank you so much for participating in this event. What exactly does shattering stigmas mean to you?

It means declaring who you are — all of you — without shame. It means being you, 100%, without apology. It means owning every part of you, flaws and all, and embracing the stigmas as just another piece of you — not all of you.

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