You may have missed the Oscars on Sunday night, but you surely haven’t missed all the talk about them since their aired.
One of the things you may have also missed, though, was Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence speaking about mental illness and the stigma and prejudice that still surround people with a mental health concern.
In the movie she won the Best Actress Oscar for, Lawrence plays a character who befriends Bradley Cooper’s character, who has bipolar disorder. Her performance is simply wondrous, and given her age at the time of the filming — just 21 — also quite extraordinary.
“I think that there’s such a huge stigma over it [mental illness], that I hope we can get rid of, or help… I mean, people have diabetes or asthma and they have to take medication for it. But as soon as you have to take medication for your mind, there’s this instant stigma. Hopefully we’ve given those people hope, and made people realize that it’s not–“
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She also said in a separate interview, “I don’t think we’re going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness. I know [director] David O Russell won’t, and I hope that this helps.”
By the way, if you haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, now’s a good time to fix that.
We hope Lawrence goes on to do more great work in Hollywood, making movies with meaning and a message. But using her voice during the Oscars to speak up for people with mental illness and mental health concerns is a great start. Thanks, Ms. Lawrence, for that effort!