Name: Katherine Fischer
Fav thing about your city: Being around creative people who are inspired to make art that is raw, beautiful and honest.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself! I love dog Instagram accounts.
What is your connection to mental illness?
I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Depression. I have been diagnosed for three years but like many others I suffered in silence for years before I got help. I also have many close family and friends struggle with Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, OCD and many other mental health struggles. Mental Illness has had a huge impact on my life, but has given me a drive to advocate for others and break down the stigma that mental health is any less important that physical health.
How have you overcome your struggles?
I think a big thing for me was learning that they do not define me. My particular diagnosis is permanent and in all likelihood I will be dealing with this for the rest of my life. Which was something that was very hard to hear. Once I realized that it did not define me I found so much strength and turned my struggles into empowerment. I now work as an advocate and actively share my story. Owning my disease gave me power over it instead of letting it have power over me.
What has been your greatest success so far?
My greatest success has been releasing my debut EP “Here I Am” independently. I put so much work into this project and it was an incredibly hard and tiring process, but it is the thing in my life I am most proud of. I have had days where my depression made me not want to get out of bed, or go to a gig or my anxiety made me feel like I couldn’t do this, but I did it. I will forever be thankful for the people around me who reminded me I could do this and stood by me through it all. Mental Illness can throw you challenges but I truly believe you can still accomplish your dreams. Just because your path is different than someone else’s doesn’t mean you are any less capable or worthy.
What does a Role Model look like to you?
A role model is someone who is making a positive change in their field, their own life and the lives of others.
How do you spend your Self-Care Sunday?
Self-Care Sundays usually consist of me working out – I love love love doing dance workouts from youtube or yoga. It also includes some sort of art: I’m currently into drawing or colouring because it helps me calm down my thoughts and lower my anxiety. Oh, and I am ALWAYS drinking a cup of tea.
Photos by Winston Hong