In recognition of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, I sit down with Berrak Sarikaya, a Turkish Immigrant, and discuss her experiences with mental illness through the lens of another culture. We discuss the difficulties of fitting in, schizophrenia, the impact not seeking treatment has on others, and more.
Berrak is a natural conversation driver with an undeniable belief in the power of community. Motivated by a firm belief in owning who you are instead of trying to fit the mold, she forged her career path by finding a way to bring all of her passions together as a writer, community builder, and social strategist. Over the course of her career, she’s worked with startups, small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and agencies in both the B2B and B2C landscape. She loves penguins, speaks fluent GIF, and is obsessed with the three C’s: Content, Community, Coffee.
She opened up for a thoughtful conversation on growing up with someone who hasn’t sought care, and how it can make someone feel like they were wrong for even being born. When you’ve immigrated from another country, sometimes the appearance of fitting in is more important than anything else.
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