Carrie Fisher – Champion for Mental Health Discussion
Carrie Fisher’s Advocacy for Mental Health Discussion
The sudden departure of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, marked a tragic end to the lives of these two incredibly gifted women. Known for her advocacy for mental health, Fisher’s demise was a sorrowful moment for all.
Removing Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Issues
Carrie Fisher’s untimely death is an even deeper tragedy given her stalwart advocacy for mental health conversations. She embodied the essence of a mental health advocate, relentlessly seizing opportunities to expose mental health issues and eradicate associated stigmas.
As the opening quote on the Rolling Stone feature points out, Fisher realized the potential power of discussing mental illness. She believed that shame could not withstand being openly spoken about and met with acceptance.
Following her departure on December 28th, many fans expressed themselves on Twitter in an unexpected manner, sharing their own mental health struggles. In tribute to Carrie, fans wondered, ‘what would Carrie do?’
The answer led to a candid and brave revelation of their struggles, on a global platform.
Carrie Fisher’s Legacy: Promoting Understanding and Acceptance of Mental Health
Fisher’s passing led many fans to discuss their mental health challenges openly, as a tribute to her. Her legacy, rooted in promoting understanding and acceptance of mental health, surpasses her legendary role as Princess Leia.
My hope is that Fisher will be celebrated not only for her indubitable talent, but also for her efforts to remove the shame and stigma surrounding mental health.