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Hundreds of advocates come together to network and learn

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Active Minds' acclaimed national program is raising awareness of the 1,100 college students who die by suicide each year.

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Active Minds Speakers Bureau

Young adults sharing their stories and eradicating stigma

Stacy Pershall

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“[Stacy] talked with both pain and humor in the same sentence, taking the audience through a similar emotional roller coaster she had with borderline personality disorder.  Her sharing of her lived experience with the illness offers hope to both those with the disorder as well as those close to them. Thank you, Stacy, for helping to put a face on this treatable disorder and supporting others in their journey to wellness.”

-Dr. Perry Hoffman, President, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder


"Stacy captivated, moved, and inspired.  Hearing her will inform and encourage those with similar struggles and it will build understanding and empathy in those surrounding them including family, friends, counselors, and other professionals."

-Dr. Seth Axelrod, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine



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





  • Francesca Pileggi from Active Minds at Lafayette College says:


    "The experience is so rewarding because Active Minds events actually succeed in helping students feel better.  In the weeks following each of our events, students actually take the time to vocalize their appreciation of the event....Because so many students do precisely that... I know we are having a significant impact on the mental health of our campus."