Mid-South teen speaks at UN on mental health awareness

Mid-South teen speaks at UN on mental health awareness

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A young Mid-Southerner is getting the chance to speak on a worldwide platform at the United Nations.

Trinity Walker, 18, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in high school.

“I couldn't really tell what was going on because it was masked by all these different things like I was sad for no reason,” Trinity said.

Seeking support from her family, she eventually visited a specialist.

“Boom, I have depression and anxiety and it really changed the way I process things,” Trinity said.

It took some time, but Trinity decided to share her experience in hopes of helping others.

She’s now making mental health awareness her mission.

Instead of allowing labels to limit her abilities, Trinity created a project to help stop the stigma concerning mental health.

“De-stigmatizing mental health, all aspects of it would be a game changer,” Trinity said.

Thursday is International Day of the Girl and the University of Memphis freshman is in New York, where she will speak before the UN about mental health awareness.

As a member of the Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Trinity created Note 2 Self Art Expression, a therapy workshop for teens to learn healthy ways to cope with mental illness.

“I'm really thankful for Girl Scouts because it pushes leadership,” Trinity said.

She traveled to New York this week, where she spoke about her mental health platform at the United Nations.

"It's like it hasn't really hit me that I'm actually speaking at the UN and I still haven't really felt that 'oh my gosh' feeling yet," Walker said. "It's just been something I have to do and I'm going to do it, and I'm going to do it well."

Trinity was last year's Keeper of the Dream Award winner presented by the National Civil Rights Museum.

This year she's been chosen as one of 10 girls in the nation to receive Girl Scout's highest honor: The National Gold Award.

She said she’s in awe that her awareness project is being recognized nationwide, a small project that started as self-care.

“Those were just like little notes to myself, pushing me to go forward keep doing what I was doing,” Trinity said. “Sometimes you need to tell yourself, remind yourself, make that note to yourself that ‘hey, you’re worthy of everything you are.’”

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