Kati

Health Activist

My name is Kati Morton and I am a MFTI who specializes in mental health. My video series "Healthy Mind, Healthy Body" deals with Anorexia-Nervosa, Bulimia-Nervosa EDNOS, Binge Eating & Self-Harm/ SI I began my studies at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and received my bachelor degree in psychology. I also received my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine’s Graduated School of Education and Psychology. It was during my time in the masters program that I began working at an inpatient eating disorder treatment center. Part of my job as a therapist there was to not only see clients two times per week for individual and family counseling, but to also lead groups and help portion and prepare food. While there I realized how debilitating anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and compulsive eating/binge eating disorder can be to a person and their family, and I vowed to continue my work as a therapist solely to help those suffering from eating disorders. After graduating at the top of my class, I began working at an outpatient eating disorder treatment center. There I was able to witness the successes and failures of inpatient treatment facilities, as most of our clients sought treatment in our facility after being in an inpatient program. Although my duties as a therapist did not change from inpatient to outpatient, the level of client need did. I was able to see their growth and recovery applied to their life right away. I was also able to watch clients graduate from the program and go back to college, or get a job and get married. It was fulfilling to see people who had been held captive by their eating disorder for so long finally break free and live a full life. Continuing on my path to understand all levels of eating disorder treatment and recovery, I began work at a hospital treatment center. While there I was able to work with patients who were so deep in their eating disorder that they had to be fed through a tube. Many refused treatment for so long that they were left with no other choice than to be hospitalized. In that sort of facility I found patients’ to be so sick that therapy was at times of no value because they could not remember what we had talked about nor focus enough in the sessions to give feedback. It was at this time I decided that more needed to be done. We needed to reach out to more people suffering before they got to this point. The horror of this disease has left a mark on my life and I have made it my mission to share my knowledge and education with anyone who will listen. I hope that by creating videos, blogging and using various social media sites I can raise awareness of these diseases as well as create a safe place where people can speak candidly about their own battles.

Nominations

Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Youtube

Winner

Best in Show: YouTube

Kati Morton is a a Mental Health vlogger. Her video topics include: Depression, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, BiPolar Disorder, Self-Harm, Suicide and much more. Even though she has full-time job as a marriage and family therapist intern (MFTI), and is licensed, and practicing in Los Angeles, she still puts out 5-6 videos a week about mental health topics, as well as answering followers mental health questions. In the 2 years that Kati has been making videos,she has uploaded over 200, and has over 11,000 subscribers on YouTube alone. She also maintains active accounts on all the other social media sites, including: Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. She also has a website where followers can get support and encouragement from one another. Kati is great support and encouragement to all of her followers. Sometimes she is the only support.  — Briana

Daily Q&A's and so many inspiring videos!  — Fiona

Kati dedicates a phenomenal amount of her time to helping people achieve a healthy mind and healthy body. She makes youtube videos on a daily basis to give support to people dealing with mental health issues. She offers information, practical advice and answers questions that people ask her. She runs a website and is on various social media sites such as twitter, tumblr and facebook.

Kati Morton is one of the most dedicated people on the web. On top of seeing her regular clients and having a life she spend a massive amour of time making videos, personally responding to questions, and motivating people to live better. She has done includible things to bring awareness to and break the stigma around mental illness. She has saved a number of lives, and helps those of us who are stuck inside our own darkness. She is an inspiriting and caring person. To take all the time she does to help people she doesn't even know is heroic in itself, but to save a life here and there is heroic in the very essence of that word. I can't think of any person who deserves this award more.  — Shannon

Kati makes videos every day of the week for her followers. How much more dedicated can one person get? She's caring, funny, and absolutely a hero in my eyes.  — Alyson

Kati Morton is the reason why a lot of people still keep fighting for recovery. She inspires her followers to keep going no matter what, answers any question related to mental health, always finds the right words to be supportive and last but not least has something about her that makes you smile even if right before you thought you wouldn't be smiling again any time soon.  — Elisa

Kati

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