Join us in this open discussion with Nikki Langdon on her personal journey with mental illness. Bringing forward a hope for the future to have physical and mental illness be treated as equals. Nikki opens the door for conversation on mental health in the workplace with vulnerability, humour and a passion for ending stigma.
About Nikki Langdon:
I grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan in a time when mental illness was profoundly stigmatized and kept well hidden.. I found my way into a career working with people with disabilities and over my many years helping those with varied disabilities, including many with my own diagnosis, I began to understand that sharing my story, my path, my journey connected me with my clients in a meaningful way.
I realized that every time I told my story while sitting in my professional chair, appearing successful and ‘together’, with someone enduring the same war with their brain as I did everyday, I ripped a tiny hole in the stigma attached to mental illness. These experiences brought me to the place of sharing the story of my journey more widespread in an effort to tear at the stigma of mental illness in our society.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree with great distinction in Adapted Physical Activity Studies (Kinesiology) and have been awarded the YWCA Woman of Distinction award in Leadership and Management. I hold the Registered Rehabilitation Professional Certification for the Vocational Rehabilitation Society of Canada and the Certified Vocational Professional and Return to Work Disability Manager designations from the College of Vocational Professionals. I also hold certifications in the Strong Interest Inventory and Level II MBTI Assessments.