Break the Stigma Project turns 1 year old today 2/27/15!

The Break the Stigma Project is turning 1 year old today!
Like New Year’s Day – there are lots of reflections and evaluations when looking at the past year. For Break the Stigma Project – it is so amazing how far this project has come along. It is overwhelming at times to look at the community that is being created with old friends, new friends, and friends we have yet to meet. Here at BSP we are honored for all the continued support and energy everyone brings. As the run approaches ever so fast – we cannot help to get excited for the year to come and see how far we continue to go when we celebrate our 2nd birthday. This project started with an idea while running on the trails and now we all are a motivating force to speak about mental health concerns and no longer be behind the vail of stigma. We all matter no matter the diagnosis and we will continue to be an inclusive group.

Welcome our Official Running Shoe for 2015!

Break the Stigma it’s very proud to announce that Hoka One One is our official running shoe for the 2015 Run across Minnesota!
Thank you to our friend Alex Kurt for making this happen!

Why Hoka One One is so important for Break the Stigma Project to have as a sponsor?
I’ve been a fan of Hoka’s since I bought my first pair last year, within weeks I bought a second pair.
Also, Hoka is the official sponsor of which I’ve been a huge fan for years now. Good companies care for their communities.

If you want to know more about Hoka One One please visit their website at
Or run to one of the stores nearby that carries them and find out why so many of us love them so much!
Please welcome our official running shoe!

Words Matter

A few weeks ago I was reading this article that I liked a lot and found it to be very informative from an organization I’ve been following now and then.
Sadly the one thing that the article kept repeating over and over again was “commit suicide.”
I went on to contact this organization and plead with them to stop using the word commit and instead use “death by suicide.” Why? Because the reason I created Break the Stigma was to educate people that words matter. Commit Suicide it’s a very old term used in the 1600s when suicide was a crime, as seeing by society and the church.
By my surprise I did get a response back from a person who answered by saying this;
“I can’t say that I agree and I had a daughter who committed suicide. I don’t think it’s the language creates the stigma.”
As Susan Abderholden- Executive Director for NAMI-MN says; “Words matter. Ask any author and anyone involved in a civil or human rights movement. The reason we try to not use the word “commit” is that it is not a crime. It’s not that they were committed to taking their life. It’s that they were in such pain and were so hopeless that they couldn’t get through the day.”

I want to include this article called Language about Suicide (Part 1): The Power of Words – Written by Stacey Freedenthal, PhD,

Click on the this link t read it: Words Matter