May may have been mental health awareness month, but if the first half of June has reminded us, even celebrities need to be reminded they are loved.
Anyone can suffer from depression. All of us need to take care of ourselves mentally as well as physically.
The Child Mind Institute has featured several celebs, including comedians Sarah Silverman and Jim Gaffigan, who made videos for the institute’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign this May, giving inspiration to themselves with hindsight.
Silverman dedicated her video to depression, telling her younger self: “There is no part of you that you should be ashamed of. You are exactly who you’re supposed to be. And the only person qualified to even be you is you. Now does that mean you don’t need medication? No. I need medication. If you have diabetes, you take medication. If you have some mental health issues, you also take medication. And it’s no big deal, and you can talk about it. If anyone’s weird about it, that’s their hang-up. Darkness cannot exist in the light, so put it out there. You got nothing to be ashamed of.”
Gaffigan’s video focused on dyslexia.
There were even more contributors from comedy last year. From 2017, Rachel Bloom, on depression:
Stephen Fry on bipolar disorder:
Jay Leno on dyslexia:
Howie Mandel on asking for help:
Hannah Hart on depression:
David Cross: “Everyone’s going through what you’re going through.”
Wayne Brady on depression: “You didn’t do anything wrong.”