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Stacy Pershall

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“Stacy Pershall's story was nothing short of inspiring. It was so interesting to hear everything she has been through, and how strong she has turned out to be. I think her presentation got a lot of people thinking, taking a step forward in changing the conversation about mental health!”

-Ellie Tunison, University of Delaware student



Stacy Pershall is an accomplished author who lives with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and struggled with eating disorders for 20 years. Since discovering dialectical behavior therapy and body modification, Stacy has been an outspoken mental health advocate who is committed to showing audiences that people with BPD can recover and body modification can be a healing agent.

Stacy is the author of Loud in the House of Myself (W.W. Norton, 2011) and is currently working on her second book. She also teaches creative writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop (New York City) and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (online). Stacy is a belly dancer, cat lady, and fierce knitter and crocheter.

Stacy's presentation highlights the following topics:


(Terms in bold denote primary topics.)

  • Suicide

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Eating Disorders

  • Bullying

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Stigma Reduction

  • Body Modification




  • TK Truong from Active Minds at UCLA says:

    TK_Truong"There's a lot of senselessness in the world - whether it's a suicide that could have been prevented or a mental illness that you have no control over.  Active Minds helps me make sense of all this senselessness.  It's helped me make meaning from tragedy..."