Kat is a 28yr old mother and student. Who has struggled with mental illness for much of her life. At age 19 she was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 with traits of BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) After the birth of her child she began experiencing severe anxiety that stemmed from Postpartum Anxiety.
|Kat, Creator of End the Stigma Badges|
Kat decided it was her turn to begin speaking out about her own experiences and the stigmatization people within the mental health community experience. Working towards being a mental health advocate her original post took off in a major way. On January 3rd of this year, on her End The Stigma Badges Facebook page she states, "I never imagined that my small post on Facebook would grow by thousands." I imagine you hadn't, but Kat, we're all here standing beside you saying thank you for allowing us this connection! Bringing hope to those who can't yet use their own voices, sharing your personal journeys and experiences is helping people in a major way.
"You are all strong and you are all brave. Thank you for being a part of #Endingthestigma." -Kat
When myself and my parts first saw a friend sharing the End the Stigma Badges on social media we had to stop. Collect our thoughts and then continue onto the page. This seemed like it took a while to me but it was milliseconds before we were on the page scrolling. Finding a massive amount of information we scrolled and read. The information and stories being shared were bringing people together by the 1,000's! With the rapid growth they're already expanding to other languages, including invisible illnesses and neurodiversity into the mix. This is exciting stuff people!
I encourage you to go visit their social media pages and create your own collage and wear your own badge of Mental Health Honor! If you're nervous about sharing reach out, they're here and they are most definitely a tight supportive group. They're listening and reading your comments and messages. A very amazing thing, especially in the world of apps and tech we all live. Supportive people supporting each other through social media. Sharing their stories and collective voices in the name of ending the stigma surrounding mental health. I tip my hat to all of you wonderful people, near and far of all ages. Together we are strong.
|Obviously we needed an ETSB too! Jynx is pictured here.|
Karly reached out directly to Kat in the hopes that maybe she would consider creating a badge for her. She was pleasantly surprised by Kat's kindness and receiving her badge that day. She shortly joined the team to work with Kat in ending the stigma of not only mental health but all illnesses now being stigmatized. She talks about how wonderful everyone is. The support they all share for the people following ETSB's but as well as, their support of each other. They're very much like a family and have their own little chats in their, "After-hours break room." I mean, come on, how cool is that?
"The Biggest Struggle for me is that All of my Illnesses are Invisible." -Karly
|"I have an Eating Disorder" #EndTheStigma #YouAreNotAlone|
|"I Have Chronic Depression"#EndTheStigma #YouAreNotAlone|
|Sara, an author and Educator from South America. "You're not alone."|
|18yr old Fangirl & Comment Moderator for ETSB!|
|Kevin- "I'm tired of people saying get over it. Through helping others I'm beginning to help myself."|
|Tiana, 19yr old mother, she wants you to know, "It does get better!"|
"I wanted to join Kat because she started something amazing! I wanted to help spread awareness about physical illnesses but especially invisible illnesses." -Amy
Mary Catherine, student, stigma fighter, awareness guru of Sexual Assault and rape survivor!
|Lia- "Help me break the stigma of panic disorders." They are not seeking attention!|
Mia 25yr old Momma of 4, her healing & growth is being open &honest about her MH.
|Troy, transgender & currently in transition! CSA survivor, stigma fighter and doing fantastic now!|
"I hope that with this project we can give others the courage to speak out about their own struggles; and with more awareness and advocacy, hopefully decrease the stigma surrounding mental illnesses." -Troy
|43yr old Mother, Blogger, Autistic and Stigma Fighter!|