“Fighting The Stigma” by Small Town Junkies (OFFICIAL) music video (Fight the Stigma) and interview

1,2,3,4… They call me case A to Z– Because I have every known head disease. I’m bipolar, schizo, with agoraphob….


1,2,3,4… They call me case A to Z– Because I have every known head disease. I’m bipolar, schizo, with agoraphob… what happens if I have borderline too? why you goin’ push me out your group? Are you just scared, or are you ignorant too? WE HOPE TO BE… Part of Society! Fighting the Stigma… Makes Us Stronger! We are still here. Yeah, we are still here. They call me case A to Z– Because I have every known head disease. I’m touretted, twitching cuz dyskinesia. There aren’t any cures, but I’m not alone here. I fight every day just to be sane. It never works what the heck’s wrong with my brain? WE HOPE TO BE… PART OF SOCIETY… FIGHTING THE STIGMA, KEEPS US SICK LORD! We are still here, Yeah we are still here. We are still here, we are still… They call me case A to Z. Because I have every known head disease. Don’t call me uncleanly, I’m fully OCD, I check the lock four times so that I can breathe. I see things, hear things that aren’t really there. Just the fact I get through them, it shows No Fear. WE HOPE TO BE… PART OF SOCIETY! FIGHTING THE STIGMA, MAKES US STRONGER! We are still here. Yeah, we are still here. We are making progress… Don’t mess with our madness… We are making progress… Don’t mess with my madness… WE HOPE TO BE… PART OF SOCIETY! FIGHTING THE STIGMA, MAKES US STRONGER! The song came about by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) in their “Out of the Shadows” campaign. I was volunteered by my group at Options(Portage County Ohio) to compose a song that would fight, and deal with the struggle of fighting the stigma of mental illness. So that same day I went home, and I wrote the song, but I hit a road block because all I had was guitar and vocals. I needed: bass guitar, lead guitar, and drums. So what I did is I went to the internet and I found bass guitar from the United Kingdom, a lead guitarist from Venezuela (not Argentina), and a drummer from Russia. Now we put these all together and I mixed them to the best of my ability, but… then I sent all the tracks to Nashville, TN where they mixed them all together to hear the song you just previously heard on this video. I was inspired by my own personal struggle in fighting the stigma of mental illness. Living with schizophrenia and bipolar which they call Schizoaffective. Society and people in general seems have a phobia of what they don’t know and don’t understand. So part of the song is to raise awareness for mental illness and for the struggles that people with mental illness face. The turning point for me was when I attended intensive outpatient therapy in Akron, Ohio, where I learned many coping skills. And, I learned that socialization is a major aspect in my own recorvery. Currently I attend Options in Portage County and that helps me a lot in maintaining a key balanced life. For me it’s coping skills and socialization that are key to my recovery. For you, you’ll find…(and guitar for me too), but, You’ll find your own outlets for success, and your own ways to battle. And I want you, I want everyone to know that its ok if you’re depressed. I don’t want people to run when they find out that somebody has a mental illness. or struggles with depression, or struggles with anxiety. I want them to be understanding, I want ’em to know that they’re people too. But, I’m glad that I did it, and I’m glad and hope that it reaches out and touches one person. If it reaches out and touches one person, then, it was worth making.

5 thoughts on ““Fighting The Stigma” by Small Town Junkies (OFFICIAL) music video (Fight the Stigma) and interview”

  1. I wanted to start off the comments by thanking everyone that was a part of this video! Thanks all. I think it turned out great and I hope you like it too! Cheers!

  2. This is great! I would like to talk with you about including your video in our program, W.H.Y., We Hear you. This is a program to reduce stigma and to increase the access to services.

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