Colorful Notes: Women And The Fight Against Mental Illness

Issue 6 – April 23rd, 2020

Here at Bridgette Hart, we know how important mental health is and how much awareness can change lives. Here are a few women who are making a change and who are using their platforms in order to shine a light on the matter.

Taraji P. Henson

 
In 2018, Taraji founded the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. Named after her father who suffered from mental illness after returning from a tour in Vietnam, the organization focuses on erasing the stigma that surrounds mental illness in the black community. She’s revealed that she suffers with increasing anxiety, and she hopes to break the taboo of seeking help for such conditions.
 

"This is our legacy. This is our chance to make a difference. Together, we will break the silence and break the cycle!"

Kristen Bell

Kristen has always been very vocal when it’s come to Mental Health Awareness. She’s fought with depression and anxiety for many years, and she of the mind that Mental Health check-ins should be as routine as Dentist appointments. 

"If you tell a friend that you are sick, his first response is likely, “You should get that checked out by a doctor.” Yet if you tell a friend you’re feeling depressed, he will be scared or reluctant to give you that same advice. You know what? I’m over it."

Glenn Close

In 2010, Glenn and her family started the Bring Change 2 Mind organization, in order to erase the stigma and discrimination that those who live with mental illness have to face. Her sister Jessie, and nephew Calen, have both been diagnosed with schizophrenia. She herself, has been battling depression for most of her life. She feels that ending the stigma around mental illness, which is estimated to affect 1 and 4 people, would help more of us to reach out for help and to live better lives.

As a society, it is imperative that we educate ourselves about mental health issues, that we realize that those suffering from bipolar disorder or serious depression or cancer or diabetes — any chronic illness — are worthy of our compassion, empathy and respect.

Demi Lovato

Demi has lived with mental illness  and addiction issues since she was very young, but she hasn’t let it crush her. She’s the leader of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health. Which is an organization that encourages people to stand up and speak up about mental health. She also openly discusses her struggles with addiction, and is an inspiring example that it can be overcome with the proper treatment.

"Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem."

If you'd like to help in the fight for mental health, you can purchase any one of our pieces and we'll donate 5% of your purchase to Mental Health America. We also donate $1 in behalf of every new email subscriber.

These are just a few examples of women who do what they can in order to bring awareness to mental illnesses and disorders, the way things can change concerning them and how we shouldn’t be ashamed of how we deal with them. If there are any women that you know  who are taking the lead in fighting for mental health, let us know in the comments below.

We hope that you guys found this blog interesting. If you did, share it with others who you think will like it.

Talk soon, gorgeous. Always remember to live in color!
xoxo – Terri + Toni 

Interview Conducted By Terri Hart

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