I’m Sarah Fader. I’m a 36 year old single mother of two children living in New York City. I live with panic disorder, ADHD, PTSD and Major Depressive Disorder. I started Stigma Fighters, a mental health non-profit organization after I told my story about living with mental illness for The Huffington Post – Fighting Against the Stigma of Mental Illness. After I wrote my truth on this large public forum, I received emails from around the world saying that they admired my candor and wished there was a centralized place for them to speak about living with mental illness. I searched around the Internet and I couldn’t find a place where people could talk about living with mental illness in personal narrative form. So I decided to create a space for this. It’s called  and we feature 1000 word essay from real people living with mental illness. Anyone is welcome to submit their story to us. We want to normalize what living with mental illness is like. It is possible to live a full productive life when you have mental illness. My best friend Allie Burke (who is the Vice President of Stigma Fighters) is a best-selling author, writer for Psychology Today, the founder of a literary society and she lives with paranoid schizophrenia. She is the strongest person I know. I admire her brutal honesty and tenacity to get what she wants out of life. Stigma Fighters is a space where people living with mental illness can express themselves truthfully. We want to hear what you have experienced and we want to give others hope. Will you share you story with us? You can submit here: Stigma Fighters – Submit Your Story Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She is an author and blogger, having been featured on Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good day New York.  Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder. Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time. Check out Sarah’s book: Old School – New School Mom


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