If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Sarah Fader | CEO & Founder of Stigma Fighters
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
I’m the CEO and Founder of the mental health nonprofit organization Stigma Fighters. We have been seen in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Our mission is to destigmatize mental illness and help people come out of the shadows to share their stories. I personally live with bipolar disorder and a few more mental health issues including but not limited to ADHD and anxiety.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
I want to do a TED talk. I would like a talk dedicated to telling my story of mental illness and recovery. I would like to develop my public speaking career so that I have spoken to many university students about my story. The college age is a crucial time and if we can cultivate those young people and show them that they have value, that is essential to our world.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell her that there is hope. She is a beautiful person and that it is normal to feel insecure in a world that makes us feel uncertain. You can do this, and you will do extremely important things. You will learn to trust yourself and you will find love in a variety of places.
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
I would limit the amount of technology we have access to. It’s overwhelming and dangerous to us as a society. We don’t talk to each other as much as we need to. I am a verbal person, and I want other people to see the power in speaking to one another. Having important conversations with other human beings is invaluable.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
I would love to meet Holden Caufield. Catcher in The Rye is my favorite book, and I related to the existential dilemmas he had as well as his depressive episodes.
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
I want people to feel that their voice is worth hearing. And that is why I do what I do. If I can change one person’s life, stop them from harming themselves and leaving this world, I want to do that. We all have a voice and I want to show people how to use theirs.
Thank you, Sarah, for bringing light to the world and being an inspiration to so many!
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