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this is us THIS IS US

this is us THIS IS US

this is us THIS IS US

this is us THIS IS US

Inspire  //  Empower  //  enlighten

Nicole Leier - BTBS Ambassador

"I believe storytelling is a form of education and it is important as artists to use our voices and help shed light on underrepresented or misrepresented stories.

Right now, more than ever, society needs us to speak up and stand together. We need not only start but also continue this work into the very distant future together as a world. 

This is why I’m thrilled to be an ambassador for BITE THE BULLET STORIES. They are providing an outlet that doesn't discriminate against race, gender or sexual orientation, and together with them I’m honored to help share stories from the black community. 

Join us by helping share our voices to make the world a better place."

HOw it began... a story told

BITE THE BULLET Stories is a MOVEMENT and HAS AN INCREDIBLE FOUNDATION AND globAL COMMUNITY BASE

We are dedicated to breaking the STIGMA surrounding MENTAL HEALTH.

We are unapologetic in our values because we know that fighting our hardships is the best way to build strength, self-confidence, and happiness.

WE’RE INCLUSIVE OF ALL GENDERS, RACES AND SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS AND WE ENDEAVOR TO COMBAT MENTAL HEALTH STIGMAS INCLUDING DEPRESSION AND SUICIDAL THOUGHTS BY OFFERING COMMUNITY.

WE ARE ON A HUGE MISSION.

WE HAVE PLANS FOR A MULTI-PLATFORM APPROACH, BOTH ONLINE AND OFFLINE THAT BRINGS PEOPLE AND THEIR STORIES TOGETHER WITH INDUSTRY EXPERTS TO CREATE MOMENTUM FOR CHANGE IN THE MENTAL WELLNESS FIELD.


Code of honor // our values

We are here to celebrate, empower, entertain, and inspire action through self-love. This is done through the content, experiences, and events we create.

Through the art and power of storytelling we honor and celebrate diversity of us - the humans of this world.

We represent truth • connection • togetherness • joy • personal fulfillment.

Your story is our story. We are the voice. Together.

We break the stigmas and misconceptions around mental well-being to promote compassion, self-love, spark empathy and inspire to grow beyond.

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I should be thanking you guys, all the videos you've uploaded are just pure and that's what I love about you guys. Also, I struggle somewhat like Alexander Ludwig and it's really good to know that someone I admire and look up to had to fight the same demons I'm fighting now. You guys game me strength and hope. I couldn't be more thankful. Yet again thank you so much.

Thank you. Today is my birthday, stupidly I decided two years ago that if I was still single and childless then I’d end it today. It’s been a really emotional, challenging and tough year, not that you need to hear this… I just find it cathartic to release to someone that I had a plan for today. But, I’ve found the courage to stay, which is so bloody hard at times. I find it so ironic, it’s national suicide prevention day, if feels like a sign. So I just wanted to let you know that it helps reading and supporting other individuals. 

Thank you for doing such a cool thing to help promote mental health awareness and fighting the stigma against it. And from what I’ve seen, not just mental health, but anything that people struggle with. I seriously get so stoked when I see projects like this, and I’m gonna do what I can do support the crap out of this, because how cool for you!

Breaking the stigma is so so important and what you’re doing is brilliant. I grew up in a violent situation without a voice and I remember staying up late at night trying to find one single person who felt like I did. Please don’t stop what you’re doing. You’re helping people who grew up like I did.

I really appreciate what you’re doing, having celebrities open up about their stories shows that they’re human just like the rest of us and it brings message to millions suffering various difficulties that they aren’t alone. It’s truly a great cause.

You are reducing the stigma regarding mental illness and depression. I personally suffer quite a bit from depression. The stories posted on your page are really inspiring me and making me want to get out of this state of mind. Thanks for that.

Thank you so very much for giving us all a chance to use our voice and tell stories that we normally would not have told. You are doing a wonderful thing for all of us. I read every story when they are shared and love these people for their courage. With depression running so strongly in your family and mine it is very important for us to show support. Sadly in my family we have had 12 suicides, this spans years and years but my grandfather and great grandma were the last. I’m determined to see it through that they are the last in our line. This is now like a family to me and I thank you for that. I look forward to seeing how we can edit it up a bit. 

Farrah Aviva

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Founder of BTBS

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I believe positive change is possible no matter who you are or where you come from.

BITE THE BULLET Stories has taught me that feelings of shame and inadequacy are at the root of every personal struggle. And sometimes, the first step to healing is to talk about it.

My journey to learning this started from a desire to combine my work with ways of creating positive change, inspiring others, and offering help to those in need.

In 2006, I left a fashion designer's dream job in New York and moved back to Canada on a mission to find meaning in my career and creative endeavors.

I believe the universe has guided me ever since, by pushing me into careers that have taught me the need for self-love, the ability to share a story, as well as the importance of connecting with others...

As with millions of people, the quest for mental wellness has been a life-long journey for me. I've seen many of those closest to me - including members of my immediate family - struggle with mental health issues, and the shame that is commonly associated with it.

After a lifetime of seeing the damaging affects that shame can cause (both external and self-inflicted), and after 12 years as an actor and photographer, BITE THE BULLET Stories naturally molded itself into a project I could not let go of.

The instant and positive impact that I saw it leave on people around the world motivated me to drop everything in order to build BITE THE BULLET Stories into the community that it has become to date.

To anyone who has already been involved, and to those who plan on becoming involved, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

There is unlimited power in togetherness

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Sandra Mack

certified Life Coach & Intuitive Creative

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I know what it's like to experience trauma at a young age and to struggle with the long-lasting effects it can have on your psyche.

After a lifetime of admiring individuals who possessed the courage to live their dreams, I decided to dig deep and become one of those people myself. This decision has set me on the path to healing, speaking my truth, and helping others through my profession.

However, this journey was not without its setbacks. Molested as a child, experiencing an adjustment disorder, and burn-out forced me to move back in with my mom in Germany for a few months in my early thirties. Consequently, making me feel as though I had 'failed' in life. 

However, my drive to overcome these challenges pushed me to quit my soul-sucking, 9-5 corporate job in May, 2017 and launch my own business as a Life & Business Coach and Brand Designer with my new Design Studio...

...By choosing to follow my heart, and allow my decisions to come from a place of truth, rather than fear, I've been guided on a more meaningful and fulfilling path with the goal of creating change and being a voice for those who remain silent. 

Which is why I'm honored to serve a bigger purpose by partnering with BITE THE BULLET Stories.

Happy to call L.A. home, I am here to create and inspire as a heart-led rebel, passing on what I’ve learned from my journey and what my experiences have taught me. Knowing that the hardest setbacks can also be your greatest blessings.

Together with BITE THE BULLET Stories, I want to help others radiate their essence and encourage them grow beyond the obstacles that are holding them back.

© 2020 VX • DESIGN STUDIO • LA by Sandra Mack | photography by Farrah Aviva