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Shattering Stigmas Blog Series

Shattering Stigmas was an annual blog series that began in 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight. Bloggers, authors, bookish content creators, readers, and so many others who understand how difficult this topic can be came together each October to continue the conversation around mental illness in hopes of removing the stigma from it. In 2018, I co-hosted the series with Tay @ Stay On The Page, Madalyn @ Novel Ink, Kitty @ Jelly Fable, and Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books from October 6th to 20th. I joined again in November 2020 to co-host Shattering Stigmas again with Tay, as we felt it was more important than ever to talk about mental illness with the world shutting down due to the pandemic and all the other professional, political, and personal struggles many of us dealt with that year.

Below, you can find a list of all Shattering Stigmas posts published on Ace Of Bens.

Messy Fiction by Kitty @ Jellyfable | Shattering Stigmas 4.0

Content Warnings: mentions of vomit, menstruation, dermatillomania/self-harm A few years ago, I went to see the Everything, Everything movie in theaters. When I walked out of the theater, I turned to my date and told them the most unrealistic thing about the story was how pretty Amandla Stenberg looked when her character was sick. Laying… Read More »Shattering Stigmas

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Playlist: Songs About Mental Illness | Shattering Stigmas 4.0

Today, I wanted to share some songs about mental illness that I’ve found to be well-written, super relatable, or just spot-on in a way that I may not be fully able to appreciate but think that others could. While compiling this list, I tried to keep a list of songs that came from varied identities… Read More »Shattering Stigmas

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Job Hunting While Nonbinary by Dan Hunsaker | Shattering Stigmas 4.0

Most folks I’ve talked to, even those without mental health concerns, experience some amount of stress over searching for work. Tracking down a new employer takes a significant amount of time, effort, and often rejection. The general consensus seems to be, among my tiny sample size as much as popular entertainment, that job hunting is… Read More »Shattering Stigmas

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Book Recommendations by Sav | Shattering Stigmas 4.0

Hey everyone, I’m Sav and before I get started with recommending some books, I want to briefly talk about my own experience living with mental illnesses. Ever since I was young I’ve always known I had anxiety, and now I’ve discovered that I have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) along with panic disorder and depression. It’s… Read More »Shattering Stigmas

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An Open Letter To Depression by Meggan Turner | Shattering Stigmas 4.0

You haven’t taken enough already? Taking my every last ounce of happiness, and every last good memory away from me wasn’t enough? Was giving you every single tear I had, every single piece of my heart, every single smile I had not good enough? You are a killer. You are a murderer. You are cruel.… Read More »Shattering Stigmas

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The Anxiety of Coming Out by Ben Ace — An installment of Shattering Stigmas 4.0
The Anxiety Of Coming Out by Ben Ace | Shattering Stigmas

Author’s Note: Yesterday (October 10th) was World Mental Health Day, and today (October 11th) is National Coming Out Day. I like that these days come right next to each other because it makes for a good way to talk about the intersections between queerness and mental health. Granted, you can intersect mental health with any… Read More »Shattering Stigmas

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