"I knew it was time for me to help others. I wanted to do something good for people."
April Aughney is the creator of the Instagram page @notsonormalbutok. I started a page on Instagram @notsonormalbutok so people could feel safe sharing their stories and listen to mine.
Growing up in South Texas, April dealt with abuse at an early age at her father's hands and her entire life. During her senior year in high school, she was date raped and told no one for fear of being embarrassed, ashamed, and no one would believe her. Looking for a change, she decided to leave for the Air Force after high school and struggled with her cohorts and their sexual advances. Dealing with the trauma of abuse, April tried to take her own life, ended up in the ICU and then psychiatric ward, where she was diagnosed with Bipolar 2.
"I want people to know they are not alone."
She hasn't shared everything just yet, but every Monday through Friday, she gives followers a video about mental health issues. With research on coping with anxiety, depression, and anger, April aims to help people who relate and know they can get through it and don't need to do it independently and strives to have a community of people who can help. Every Friday evening, she goes live with someone ready to share their story to help as many people as she can. Her page is to share an awareness that mental health is not something people makeup; it is not something to fear and that if they suffer from some mental health or a loved one does- they are loved, and she cares about you.
April is now married to such a supportive husband and two silly kids.
Check out her instagram here!