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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Shattering Stigmas: A Day in My Life (As a Person with Borderline Personality Disorder) by Wendy from What the Log

Welcome to the first 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: minor self-harm, mention of blood, mention of disordered eating

7:30am – My partner wakes me up to say goodbye as he heads off to work. As much as I’m not a morning person, I really do love when he does this. I quickly go back to sleep. 

8:00am – Alarm goes off. Ignore and go back to sleep. 

8:15am – Second alarm goes off. Ignore and go back to sleep. 

9:00am – Third alarm goes off. Ignore but stay awake and attempt to gauge mood. I’m really tired, but that’s nothing new. Mood is pretty neutral. 

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