Q&A with Nikita Ducarroz
– For those who don’t know, what is Mind Tricks?
Mind Tricks is still in its beginning stages, but at the moment it is an Instagram page (@m1ndtricks) where we share stories written by members of the Action Sports community detailing issues they’ve had with mental health. Whether it be a lifelong struggle, something that came from an injury or traumatic event etc., whatever kind of mental health story it is, it will probably resonate with someone out there reading it.
– Where did the idea come from, why did you want to make a page about mental health in our community?
I started it with my friend who came to me after I did a personal Instagram post. He asked if there were any people in action sports doing something like that. I hadn’t heard of anything so we got to thinking and that’s how it all came about. We figured that there were more athletes out there that had stories, and maybe just needed some encouragement to share them publicly.
– Why do you think it’s important to share stories like this?
I know growing up in my early teens I felt like I was the only one dealing with anxiety and depression. I never understood why me. Once I got a little older and was more comfortable talking about it, it did help a little and I felt less lonely.
“Knowing there are other people out there who are going through what you are going through makes it a little more comforting. And on top of that, it gets people talking”
I just imagine by sharing our stories, all kinds of them, we can help others who might feel the same way. Might feel lonely, misunderstood, helpless. Knowing there are other people out there who are going through what you are going through makes it a little more comforting. And on top of that, it gets people talking.
It becomes more normal, and not something that we are ashamed of. I think that is big as well. We talk about physical injuries no problem, this should be the same.
– What’s the overall message you want to promote?
The main message we want to promote is that it is OK not to be OK, it’s OK to ask for help, and you aren’t the only one. Mental Health is no joke, but it’s also nothing to be ashamed of and there is help out there even when it doesn’t seem like it. Even these top pro riders who people think have perfect lives deal with stuff.
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