Mental Health Month

Howie Mandel Opens Up About His Mental Health, And The Importance Of Talking To People

"Talk to anybody."

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.

There are more than 17 million children in the U.S.A. alone who have had, or are living with, mental illness. Sadly, taboos associated with mental health can deter them from speaking up and/or seeking help. To highlight Mental Health Month, Child Mind Institute — a non-profit which aims to help families and kids living with mental health conditions. — has teamed up with with 31 celebrities for their My Younger Self campaign.

For each day in May, a new video from the campaign will be released featuring a celebrity offering advice to their younger selves about "growing up with a mental health or learning disorder."

Emma Stone kicked off the campaign. And over the last two weeks, celebrities including Lena Dunham, Michael Phelps, Jesse Eisenberg and Carrie Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, have contributed videos.


In the newest video posted May 15, comedian, host, and actor Howie Mandel opens up about growing up with OCD and ADHD.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral condition that makes it difficult for people to concentrate and/or control impulsive behavior.  Symptoms can persist throughout a person's lifetime.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder with "illogical, nervous, uneasy, apprehensive, fearful, or worrisome thoughts; and the compulsion of repeating behaviors intended to reduce the related anxiety." It is a condition that typically presents itself later in life, between childhood and early adulthood, and can often stem from other conditions. 

Mandel begins by openly admitting he has "a lot of mental health issues" and encourages his younger self to be upfront about them.

“Don't be quiet, tell people. Tell people 'How can you help me?' "

He adds, "Talk to anybody. Anybody! A friend, a doctor, a parent. Not everybody's going to understand, not everybody has an answer, but since I spoke out about it, I've gotten a lot of coping skills and I'm doing pretty well. A lot better than I was doing when I was younger. So, talk about it."

With prominent figures like Mandel and the others in the campaign speaking out about these mental health issues, it will hopefully show those who are struggling to cope that there is no shame in getting help. 

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 Kathy Hutchins I Shutterstock

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