Ep 9: Celebrities Out About Mental Illness: Helpful or Not?
More and more famous people are coming out about their own mental health issues. Everything from bipolar, depression, OCD, and anxiety. The struggles of living with bipolar and schizophrenia are something our hosts know a lot about. In the wake of all this media attention, Gabe and Michelle wonder if this has had a positive or negative impact on their cause.
They discuss celebrities like Mariah Carey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The conversation meanders around positives, negatives, and they dive deep into whether celebrities are the heroes in mental health advocacy or a distraction.
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Highlights From ‘Celebrities Out About Mental Illness’ Episode
“If all these famous people have mental illness, how bad could it be?” – The public?
[1:10] Gabe and Michelle begin the discussion about the ‘Queen of Christmas’ being bipolar.
[8:45] Are celebrities helping the cause and can someone actually bully The Rock?
[15:00] When celebrities come out about mental illness, does society misinterpret the struggle?
[19:00] Gabe talks directly to parents about their mentally ill children.
[28:30] They finish up by discussing Mariah Carey’s recovery as well as others’.
Meet The Hosts of #BSPodcast
GABE HOWARD was formally diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders after being committed to a psychiatric hospital in 2003. Now in recovery, Gabe is a prominent mental health activist and host of the award-winning Psych Central Show podcast. He is also an award-winning writer and speaker, traveling nationally to share the humorous, yet educational, story of his bipolar life. To work with Gabe, visit gabehoward.com.
MICHELLE HAMMER was officially diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 22, but incorrectly diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18. Michelle is an award-winning mental health advocate who has been featured in press all over the world. In May, 2015, Michelle founded the company Schizophrenic.NYC, a mental health clothing line, with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. She is a firm believer that confidence can get you anywhere. To work with Michelle, visit schizophrenic.NYC.
Podcast, N. (2018). Ep 9: Celebrities Out About Mental Illness: Helpful or Not?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/ep-9-celebrities-out-about-mental-illness-helpful-or-not/