The famous faces who are fighting stigma of brain-based disorders:
A platinum-selling recording artist Demi Lovato is now an advocate for people affected by mental health conditions, proving it’s possible to get through dark times and reach a place of strength. More recently, and in conjunction with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. and five leading mental health advocacy organizations, Lovato announced the release of the documentary Beyond Silence. She says the film “shines a light on the importance of hope in the face of adversity … only by speaking up together can we advance mental health in America.”
The award-winning actor is vocal in how he relishes the “creative beauty” in turning his manic depression to mastery and bad situations to good. Dreyfuss says he wishes others could see the “diamond in the soil” of bipolar disorder and refers to his manic state as an “incandescent ecstasy of creation.” The movie star and ambassador for bipolar always speaks candidly about how living with the disorder has been good for him, and why stigma is “stupid.”
Singer-songwriter, poet and spoken-word artist, Mary Lambert puts it all out there in her hit “Secrets” and she lives the same way. Whether it’s bipolar, body image or a troubled past, she’s a missionary for self-acceptance. She even sings about bipolar disorder: ‘I’ve got bi-polar disorder/my sh*** not in order.’ On her steps toward self-care, she told bpHope Magazine: “I started working on what was necessary for me to function and feel better … I’m really grateful for that time, which is when I also stopped smoking and learned how to eat better.”
Comedian, screen actor, stage actor, game show host, radio personality, playwright, columnist, and novelist, Stephen Fry has been called a national treasure in his native England. His 2006 documentary The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive was widely praised for its honesty. Fry continues to speak honestly and openly about living with bipolar disorder. With a new memoir out, More Fool Me, the iconic British comedian and actor continues to speak honestly and openly about living with bipolar disorder.
Emmy-winner, Maurice Benard, best known for his role as Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital, is a man with a mission when in comes to reaching out and raising awareness about bipolar. When it comes to bipolar on the screen, actor Maurice Benard is in a unique position. He plays a TV character with bipolar disorder—and was himself diagnosed with it at age 22. “I’ve lived a productive life having bipolar. I’ve talked to people who don’t want to talk about [having bipolar] because it’s embarrassing. I’m proud of it because I know it’s made me the actor I am and the person I am.”
Turning her pain into art has been therapeutic for comedian and actor MariaBamford, who experienced a mental breakdown in 2010 that left her suicidal and in and out of psych wards. In both her standup routines and now in her Netflix series Lady Dynamite, Bamford normalizes topics like bipolar depression, hospitalization, and obsessive thoughts. “I’m happier than I’ve ever been,” she says. “This is how people should feel.”
Mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau has been in the public eye since her 20s, when she was married to the Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau. At that time the world saw her as an adventurous free spirit (with undiagnosed bipolar disorder). The grandmother of seven, now the mother of the PM of Canada, has authored four books, including the bestseller Changing My Mind and her newest The Time Of Your Life. She proudly celebrates her life and challenges with bipolar and works tirelessly to inspire others and erase the stigma surrounding brain disorders.
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