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Mental Health Awareness Marked in 2015

Rosanne Ullman | January 13, 2016 | 9:46 AM
Demi Lovato speaking on Capitol Hill

Bringing mental illness out of the shadows has long been a goal of the mental health community. In 2015, this movement caught steam as both famous and non-famous sufferers shared their stories publically. The Mighty, a website devoted to educating people about all mental illnesses, lists nine people as 2015 Mighty Mental Health Heroes:

 

  • Erin Jones, a young woman who inspired people to post mental health selfies: “I have always been open about my life, because being honest and vulnerable shows others that they aren’t alone.”
  • Kate Middleton, British royal: It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future.”
  • Brandon Marshall, NFL player: “One of the bravest things I’ve done is talk about my borderline personality disorder.”
  • Tim Murphy, member of the U.S. House of Representatives: “Our broken system does not respond until after a crisis, when we could be doing something to stop it from happening.”
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor: “I found that with depression one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone.”
  • Ali Mattu, psychologist: “Psychology saves lives....[and] uses science to help humanity move forward.”
  • Demi Lovato, singer, who represented  Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health in her remarks to legislators on Capitol Hill: “I want to show the world that there is life—surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis.”
  • Patrick J. Kennedy, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and author of a memoir revealing his famous family’s struggles—“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes and professions.”
  • Vikram Patel, psychiatrist: “Spare a thought for that person you thought about who has a mental illness, or persons that you thought about who have mental illness, and dare to care for them.”

To add your voice to The Mighty’s collection, submit your story on the website.

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