Meet LA cast member Ottum Yates

Our LA show produced by The TLC Foundation, is January 22, 2017. We are excited to introduce you to cast member Ottum Yates!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hi my name is Ottum. I am 33 years old.

I am from Los Angeles and currently living in the Southbay.

I am married to my soul mate and best friend of 16 years.

Our daughter, 9 years old, has been my caretaker and inspiration.

Our emotional service dog has saved my life more than once.

… and then there is Anxiety Blob, Meet Blahber, my Anxiety Blob.

How has mental illness affected your life?

I learned to mask my anxiety and depression as early as the age of 2. Because, that’s what you’re supposed to do. STIGMAS.

Before becoming disabled I was extremely active, outgoing, independent, and successful. As my physical health got worse, so did my mental.

I remember ‘her’. The girl I used to be, the person I thought I was; the person I thought I was going to be. I compare myself to ‘her’ all the time. Scared and confused; hopelessly lost. Generated pamphlets, exhausted hard copies, and criticism for a copay.


Why did you want to be a part of This Is My Brave?

I know what it’s like to feel alone; to lose family and friends. I understand blame, neglect, embarrassment, and disappointment. GUILT. I live with ‘her’ everyday. I want to be a part of This Is My Brave to share my story; to reflect the feelings and ideas of someone that lives with and is affected by mental illness. It wasn't until I leaned into the uncomfortable and just showed up that things changed. I found my tribe. I hope that you join me by leaning into the uncomfortable.

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We're ending stigma one person, and one story at a time.

Hope to see you there!

We're so excited to announce that our friends from Depressed Cake Shop will be on site selling beautiful (and delicious) gray cakes and treats so bring your sweet tooth!