Nikki Lynette is a performer, writer, and visual artist whose individual style is equal parts hip hop, alternative, and pop. A Chicago native, she fuses mental health activism into her work and has created a lane that is uniquely her own. Her tunes have been featured in popular shows on Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and more, and have garnered nationwide recognition. She is currently producing the digital version of her play, Get Out Alive, which sold out it’s entire debut run at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as part of its LookOut Series. Nikki is a proud ambassador for NAMI Chicago.
Session: Fighting Back Against Mental Health Stigma in 2021
What will it take to end the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness face? Why has the conversation until now failed, and what needs to change? Emmy award producer Jesse Zook Mann interviews playwright, actor, and activist Nikki Lynette about what the world gets wrong about experiencing mental illness and how stigma affects people recovering from mental health struggles. They share their stories of surviving suicide, finding personal ways to reclaim their lives and discuss how others can do the same.