You, Me, Empathy - Episode 62: What It Takes to Be a Mental Illness Stigma Fighter with Sarah Fader

Trigger Warning: Suicide and eating disorders are mentioned in this episode.

On Episode 62 of You, Me, Empathy, Sarah Fader joins to explore our feely human responsibility to look inward, the radical love of self-acceptance, and what it really takes to be a mental illness stigma fighter.


Sarah starts by opening up about her early childhood panic attacks and how she learned to hide her struggles from others (something many of us can relate to!). We talk about her bipolar disorder 1 diagnosis, the challenge Sarah’s had with grounding exercises and mindfulness, the challenge to develop emotional regulation strength and distress tolerance, and the sometimes awfulness of change.

We also explore how essential it is for us feely humans to look inward, ask questions of ourselves, and recognize how we and our mental illness impacts the world and the people in our lives.

Here’s a question to you, dear feely human: What does it take to look inward?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Sarah and I then gab about how we all perceive and define feelings differently, and how we need to develop the language tools to be able to further understand and cope with that experience—for ourselves, and for others. Just because your experience is true and valid, doesn’t mean their experience isn’t just as true and valid.

Finally, we delve into the joys and heartache of being humbled, embracing vulnerability, the fear of reciprocity of emotion, the connection between empathy and altruism, and why loving yourself is ultimately about self-acceptance.

Oh, and because Sarah is the head honcho over at Stigma Fighters, we talk about what it means to be a stigma fighter!

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