There is a lack of discussion around mental health illness, whether in public or in private. Though many of us are silent on the issue, as much as 43.8 million American adults experience mental illnesses in a given year. Of these adults, only 40% received mental health services, leaving millions of people facing these problems without assistance. How can we destigmatize mental disorders in our public and private lives, and give everyone the support they deserve and need?
Carrie Fisher and Princess Leia as mental health role models might be our answer.
Fisher, most famous for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, is also an outspoken advocate for mental disorders. As a person suffering from addiction and bipolar disorder, Carrie Fisher has made it her life mission to speak freely and openly about her mental health challenges. Her courage and frankness about her illness have helped others come out and seek help for their own mental challenges. Fisher's frank discussion and public outspokenness on and off-screen has helped to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes of people with bipolar.
Carrie Fisher reminds us you don't have to be defined by your personal struggles, whether it's bipolar disorder or addiction. You can reach your goals with this sound advice:
"Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow."
We hope the force stays strong with our real-life Princess Leia, and look forward to continued advocacy in this area from Carrie Fisher. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Behavioral Health and Mental Health sections of our blog.
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