VIROQUA, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Motivated by his struggles with schizophrenia, Kody Green decided to learn about his illness live on TikTok and helped destigmatize people living with mental illnesses.
Green has one million subscribers on the interactive, video-centric TikTok app.
He said he got this result because he takes a unique approach to advocacy by showing people what it’s like to live with schizophrenia.
“As a lawyer we all talk about it but to show what it looks like I posted videos of myself in the middle of hallucinations or in the middle of a schizophrenic episode and some of my first viral videos were of me hallucinating in public, “Green said.” I think it really helps break the stigma if more people are talking about it and standing up for themselves. “
His videos reach people in the United States, England and Australia.
“TikTok has really helped me come to terms with the fact that this is something I have to live with forever, but that doesn’t mean I can’t do whatever I want to do,” he said. declared. “It’s really nice to see people put my face on schizophrenia and kinda take [away] some of that dangerous stigma that has built up around her over the years. “
Green’s mother was also diagnosed with schizophrenia, and peer support groups and social media have helped make things better for people living with mental illnesses.
As he grows his social media presence, he plans to travel the country to give motivational speeches to continue his advocacy work.