Hi, I’m Gabbi; mental health advocate, writer and speaker
My passion for mental health advocacy started out of the need to understand my own mind. A few years ago I had a job I enjoyed, was in a loving relationship and had a lot of good opportunities come my way, but yet, I felt irritable, sad and empty. I had been living with undiagnosed depression for many years, before I finally decided to get help.
It’s not like I wasn’t used to life throwing curve balls at me. At age five I had lost my mother and by the time I was a teenager I had left most of my family in my native country of Brazil and moved to the United States to live with relatives. As an adult things weren’t always easy, but I could count on a supportive family and good friends. The more I learned about mental health, the more I felt the need to share my experiences in hopes of helping others.
Ever since I was a kid, writing has always been one of my favorite ways to express myself. When I began sharing my experiences with mental health, through writing, I realized that a lot of people could relate to my words. Through social media, I was able to connect with people who had gone through similar struggles, and become a part of a network of support.
My biggest inspiration for my advocacy work is my loved ones who have at one point struggled, or still struggle with their mental health. I feel a deep desire to serve the mental health community by fighting stigma associated with mental illness, educating people on the importance of a healthy mind and working to promote access to better mental health care for everyone. And by everyone, I mean, literally everyone. Every human being on the planet can benefit from this. As a mental health advocate I have made the decision to dedicate the rest of my life to doing this work, and hopefully contribute to building healthier future generations.
Sharing My Story
My passion for sharing my story began as an attempt to help people feel less alone. For so many years I had struggled in silence and shame. I wish people had openly talked about going through depression back then. I remember thinking “if someone had shared their struggles with me, I might have felt less ashamed and alone”. So I decided to be that person.
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