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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

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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




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  • Reissa Decena from Active Minds at University of California-Riverside says:

    reissa_decena_riverside "Active Minds challenged me to think creatively about ways in which the issues of mental health can be embodied and presented relevantly to college students. In the process of helping draft projects which have a basis in mental health topics, I have become more informed about these topics - as well as the specific student body that is our target audience."