This week we talk to Vikki Hellerick about being a gender non-conforming individual who battles with mental health struggles. Join us as we explore what it's like to have a mental health diagnosis and what it is like living with it.
In the LGBTQ+ community, most identify with a specific gender. However, some choose not to be labeled with a gender. Gender nonconforming folks are ones that do not identify with any of societal stereotypes or ideas of what gender is and how they should behave. Such individuals derived happiness simply from just being and existing for who they are.
Meet Vikki Hellerick (she/they/he)
A gender nonconforming individual and advocate of mental health. Growing up with mental health, Vikki dealt with many challenges in school and understood the importance of taking care of her mental health. Living with schizoaffective disorder, he learned how to manage it as well as tackling past trauma. They are currently involved in the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) as a speaker for Ending the Silence Program and continues to inspire others about their journey through mental health.
In this episode we talk about:
- The stigma of having mental health issues
- What it is like being diagnosed with mental health at an early age
- Dealing with childhood trauma as an adult
- National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)
“Mental health disorder and the medications you take are no different than someone taking medications for diabetes every day.” – Kayden Taylor
“Normal is always a setting on a washing machine; nobody is completely normal.” – Vikki Hellerick
“The more you know about yourself, the more you’re able to advocate for yourself, the more you’re able to speak your truths.” – Vikki Hellerick
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)