Junior Miss Cherokee speaks at National Tribal Health Conference
TAHLEQUAH – Junior Miss Cherokee Kaitlyn Pinkerton recently presented at the 35th annual National Indian Health Board’s Tribal Health Conference where she shared her platform of mental health awareness.
“It is important to present on mental health because people need to know that they are not alone when they have a mental health disorder,” Pinkerton said. “I want people to know that they have support available to them, and where to find support.”
At 15 years old, Pinkerton has traveled the country advocating for mental health awareness, and earlier this year she shared her passion on the stage of the Junior Miss Cherokee Leadership Competition.
The NIHB conference marks the fourth speaking engagement for the Claremore High School sophomore.
For Pinkerton, the message is personal, and as Junior Miss Cherokee, she plans to continue to advocate for others who may need a voice.
“What inspired me to choose mental health for my platform were my feelings when I was dealing with my own mental health disorders. I felt that I was alone and that no one would understand what I was going through,” Pinkerton said. “I hope to continue to raise awareness about mental health through my presentations and by spreading the word about resources available to people with mental health issues.”
The National Tribal Health Conference took place Sept. 17-20 at the Myriad Gardens Hotel in Oklahoma City.