Why we're collecting and sharing stories

We believe that sharing our stories and experiences with mental health and illness is an important way of reducing stigma, raising mental health awareness, and building a sense of community.  


Reducing stigma is difficult, and progress is hard to measure. But we hope that creating a platform for people to share their mental health story can be a way to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and illness.
— Leah Shipton, Co-Executive Director & Co-Founder

Questions to inspire your sharing

Who are you, beyond your mental illness? 

Tell us about your experience with recovery and mental wellness.

How have you supported a loved one in their mental health journey? 

How do you practice self-care for mental wellness?

How have you overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and illness? 

How might you use your experiences to help someone else with their mental illness?

What have you learned about yourself during your mental health journey?


Story Sharing Process

If you would like to share your mental health story and experiences with us to be shared on our website, social media platforms, or newsletters, then please complete the form below.

We understand that art, music, film, photography, spoken word, or other creative outlets are an important way of sharing your story.  If you would like to share your story through these mediums, please email us at stories@outrunthestigma.ca.  If you would like to primarily write your story and experiences, but would like a picture, video, or audio file to be posted alongside your submission then please complete the form below and follow applicable instructions.

If you have any questions about sharing your story, please do not hesitate to email our incredible Special Projects Director: Story Initiatives, Clare Hickie at clarehickie@outrunthestigma.ca