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Jan 03, 2017

Carrie Fisher: Pioneer in Mental Health Advocacy; Lady Gaga Inspires LGBT Teens; Ryan Phillippe Opens Up About Depression


The late Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher leaves behind a legacy much larger than the big screen. Throughout her life, she spoke openly and honestly about her bipolar disorder and helped demystify mental health. In her November 2016 Guardian advice column, she discussed the difficulties of living with mental illness, the importance of finding a community to share experiences, and finding comfort in the similarities. Fisher says, “We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges.”
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Singer Lady Gaga visited LGBT teens to share her struggles with mental illness. “I told the kids today, ‘I suffer from PTSD.’ I’ve never told anyone that before,” she said during the visit to Harlem’s Ali Forney Center. “But the kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.” Gaga shared her own experiences as a trauma survivor and led the youth in a guided mediation. Her 2011 hit song “Born This Way” became an anthem about loving every part of yourself, no matter your race, gender, or sexuality. More...

40-year-old actor Ryan Phillippe recently opened up to People about suffering from depression. “Depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I’m just innately kind of a sad person,” he said. But Phillippe has not allowed his dark periods to define him, adding, “When you go through dark periods in life or if you’re a person who has struggled with depression as I have throughout my life, to know that that can decrease and that it doesn’t have to be your defining characteristic, that you can find ways to manage and cope and feel better — that’s what I’m referring to. More...

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