Gigi Goode may have only had a public platform for a short period of time, but she is using it to ensure that talking about mental health is met with openness and acceptance.
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Goode, legal name Samuel Geggie, was a runner up on season 12 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and spoke with the treatment center All Points North Lodge about her experience advocating for mental health support since becoming in the public eye.
“Talking about mental health makes it seem less threatening, and a bit more normalized – it’s so important for people to accept that they might have some issues to work through without any shame,” Goode said.
She added that her ability to not only help out others has changed since having a public platform, but her ability to treat themselves has too.
“I haven’t really been able to speak on mental health since having a public platform,” Goode said. “A lot has changed in terms of the help I’m getting and the way I treat myself.”
Goode was asked how she deals with those days when they don’t feel great mentally and offered a response they use in supporting their mental health. "All of these things that you think are wrong with you are just chemical imbalances in your brain,” Goode says. “You're not crazy."
Goode also stressed the importance of making mental health information and resources more accessible to the youth. “Kids are so often denied proper mental health services due to societal and family pressures,” she said.
“Having gone through a similar issue, I believe mental health information needs to be more accessible – not only for parents to understand, but kids as well. I am looking forward to sharing my story in the hopes that it helps others from suffering in silence. If my journey can have an impact on just one person that would bring me so much joy.”
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