Mental Health Month

Carrie Fisher's Brother Urges Those Living With Mental Health Issues To Seek Help If Needed

"She left us with this amazing inspiration."

May is Mental Health Month. Throughout the month we will bring you stories about mental health and the importance of breaking surrounding stigmas, as well as highlighting those who live with related conditions and are advocating awareness.

While Carrie Fisher was known for being a cultural icon, her contributions to the world extended far beyond the screen. Throughout her career, she spoke openly about mental health advocacy, and what it was like living with bipolar disorder and addiction. She wrote books and articles on the subjects, helping to bring awareness and dispel surrounding myths.  

In honor of Mental Health Month, her brother, Todd Fisher, is continuing her cause by speaking out in Child Mind Institute's My Younger Self campaign.

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Child Mind Institute is a non-profit aiming to help families and kids living with mental health conditions. For the month of May, they will release one video daily featuring a celebrity offering advice to their younger selves about mental health. The intention is to raise awareness and encourage others to seek the help they need. 

Emma Stone launched the series by revealing how she deals with anxiety and panic attacks and Jesse Eisenberg recently opened up about his OCD and anxiety.

In the video published on May 3, Fisher talked about what it was like growing up with his sister at a time when seeking help for mental health issues was more taboo.

He explained, "When Carrie and I were growing up, we knew there was something going on with her. Her behavior got more and more extreme. Everything seemed to be more difficult for her."

Unfortunately, as he points out, there were no diagnoses for bipolar disorder, a condition which impacts your moods and causes them to range from depressed to elevated. Fisher explains that his sister only had her family's support until they found doctors who informed them about bipolar disorder, or manic depression, as it is sometimes called.

He continues that after his sister's sudden passing, he truly realized the amazing legacy she had left behind. 

"She left us with this amazing inspiration of a person that survived incredible adversity," he explained. "She excelled in life and everything she put her hand into."

He cites Carrie's acting and writing as just some of her amazing accomplishments. And he stresses that she was able to achieve everything she set out because of the support she had.

"But without the help of her doctors, family, and medication, I don't think we would have seen what we were seeing."

In conclusion, Fisher urges any person struggling with a learning disorder or mental health issue to use his sister as a role model by taking action. "Don't be afraid to ask for help. You're not alone, and treatment does work." he urges.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health issues, there are a number of resources available to provide support. Check them out here.

Cover image via Shutterstock I Child Mind Institute 

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

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