Monthly Archives: August 2014

Celebrities, Just like us!

Celebrities are just ordinary people given the chance to be paid to be in front of the camera.

Some people don’t know, or few people wonder, what illnesses plaque celebs.

Celebrities are just as susceptible to mental illness as we are.  If you’ve been watching the news, or the news feed on Facebook, a great actor just passed. Robin Williams, died at the age 63, a great comedian and actor, found dead in his home this morning. All the reports I’m reading are suggesting suicide. The official statement from the Marin County Sheriffs’ office says it was suicide. His publicist said that he had been battling a severe depression.

Depression can affect anyone, including those we look at as stars. Though, many don’t show the signs or symptoms, how much is concealed for the camera? Celebs have to put on happy faces for the cameras so that we think they are living the good life.

Demi Lovato speaks openly, now, about her mental illness. Bipolar disorder, bulimia, and self-harm sent her to the hospital; she, now, advocates for mental health awareness.

In fact, there are great people from the past who had mental health issues, who survived, and lived decent lives.

Some that you may know:

  • Robin Williams
  • Demi Lovato
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Tim Burton
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Ben Stiller
  • Heath Ledger
  • Howie Mandel

Just to name a few.

So, when you say that you are alone in this fight, or that you don’t know anyone with mental illness, please think again.

Mental illness is nothing to be scared of, nothing to be ashamed of, it should be researched more. We should support people more, we should judge less.

You are not alone. And mental illness can take a toll on anyone, even the greats.

If you are feeling alone, in a crisis, or suicidal, please don’t fight alone. Make a phone call to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.