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"Just Another Celebrity Confessional" by Rebecca Feasey

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"Just Another Celebrity Confessional" by Rebecca Feasey

  1. 1. JUST ANOTHER CELEBRITY CONFESSIONAL? FAMOUS FACES, RECOGNISABLE VOICES AND MENTAL HEALTH IN THE MEDIA
  2. 2. ADELE POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION MY KNOWLEDGE OF POSTPARTUM - OR POST-NATAL, AS WE CALL IT IN ENGLAND - IS THAT YOU DON’T WANT TO BE WITH YOUR CHILD; YOU’RE WORRIED YOU MIGHT HURT YOUR CHILD; YOU’RE WORRIED YOU WEREN’T DOING A GOOD JOB. BUT I WAS OBSESSED WITH MY CHILD. I FELT VERY INADEQUATE; I FELT LIKE I’D MADE THE WORST DECISION OF MY LIFE . . ... IT CAN COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS. (VANITY FAIR 2016)
  3. 3. IMPACT ADELE IS SPEAKING OUT AND LETTING US ALL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE KNOWING WE’RE NOT ALONE … (BABBLE 2016)
  4. 4. CARRIE FISHER BIPOLAR I USED TO THINK I WAS A DRUG ADDICT, PURE AND SIMPLE — JUST SOMEONE WHO COULD NOT STOP TAKING DRUGS WILFULLY. AND I WAS THAT. BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT I AM SEVERELY MANIC DEPRESSIVE. YOU CAN'T STOP. IT'S VERY PAINFUL. IT'S RAW. YOU KNOW, IT'S ROUGH... YOUR BONES BURN... WHEN YOU'RE NOT BUSY TALKING AND TRYING TO DROWN IT OUT (ELLE 2017)
  5. 5. IMPACT AS ANOTHER PERSON WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER, I REALLY ADMIRE THE WAY THAT YOU HAVE SPOKEN CANDIDLY ABOUT YOUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH AND MADE PEOPLE LIKE ME FEEL LESS ALONE. I HOPE THAT OVER THE NEXT DECADES OF MY LIFE FROM MY 20S NOW TO MY 60S I’LL BE ABLE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE.
  6. 6. DEMAR DEROZAN DEPRESSION IT’S ONE OF THEM THINGS THAT NO MATTER HOW INDESTRUCTIBLE WE LOOK LIKE WE ARE, WE’RE ALL HUMAN AT THE END OF THE DAY … WE ALL GOT FEELINGS … ALL OF THAT. SOMETIMES . . . IT GETS THE BEST OF YOU, WHERE TIMES EVERYTHING IN THE WHOLE WORLD’S ON TOP OF YOU. (THE STAR! 2018)
  7. 7. IMPACT YOU DON'T KNOW WHO YOU'RE GOING TO REACH. THAT'S WHY IT'S CRUCIAL TO KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING … TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS - NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE … THANK YOU DEMAR ... BECAUSE OF YOUR INSPIRING STORIES AND BRAVE WORDS, YOU'RE HELPING COUNTLESS OTHERS. I KNOW MY STUDENTS REALIZED THAT DAY THAT IF THEIR ROLE MODELS COULD HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH ISSUE, ANYONE CAN. (NAM! 2018)
  8. 8. GEORGE EZRA ANXIETY GEORGE EZRA HAS SHARED THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘DON’T MATTER NOW’ – WHICH HE REVEALS IS ABOUT HIS BATTLES WITH ANXIETY. IN TIME I REALISED THAT IT WASN’T JUST ME THAT WAS SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY, IT WASN’T JUST ME THAT WAS CONFUSED, AND THAT THERE’S NO HARM IN NOT ALWAYS UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WORLD AROUND YOU. (NME 2017)
  9. 9. IMPACT I CAN'T BELIEVE … I WAS LISTENING TO GEORGE EZRA AND I THOUGHT: SOMEONE WHO MAKES SUCH A POSITIVE MUSIC CAN NEVER BE SAD OR DEPRESSED … (ON LISTENING TO HIM SPEAK ABOUT HIS ANXIETY) … I ALMOST STARTED CRYING. GUESS I AM NOT ALONE. (CELEBRITIES SHARE THOUGHTS ON ANXIETY & DEPRESSION YOUTUBE 2018)
  10. 10. PRINCE HARRY TRAUMA I THINK MOST OF THE STIGMA IS AROUND MENTAL ILLNESS ... WE NEED TO SEPARATE THE TWO … MENTAL HEALTH WHICH IS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US AND MENTAL ILLNESS WHICH COULD BE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US ... BUT I THINK THEY NEED TO BE SEPARATED, THE MENTAL HEALTH ELEMENT TOUCHES ON SO MUCH OF WHAT WE’RE EXPOSED TO … EVERYONE HAS EXPERIENCED TRAUMA OR LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE TRAUMA AT SOME POINT DURING THEIR LIVES. WE NEED TO TRY, NOT ERADICATE IT, BUT TO LEARN FROM PREVIOUS GENERATIONS SO THERE’S NOT A PERPETUAL CYCLE. (PEOPLE 2019, EMPHASIS ADDED)
  11. 11. IMPACT MENTAL HEALTH CHARITIES HAVE NOTED AN INCREASE IN INTEREST FROM THE PUBLIC SINCE PRINCE HARRY OPENED UP ABOUT HIS DIFFICULTY TO COPE FOLLOWING THE TRAGIC DEATH OF HIS MOTHER. (THE TELEGRAPH 2017)
  12. 12. IMPACT • RESPONSES TO A YOUTUBE MONTAGE OF STARS AND CELEBRITIES SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS ON ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: • GLAD I WATCHED THIS VIDEO THOUGH. GIVES SOME HOPE • WOW! THIS VIDEO DOES REALLY HELP ME NOW. I’M JUST AT THE BEGINNING OF ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS - BUT NOW I’M FEELING HOPEFUL THAT I WILL GET OVER IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS VIDEO. • THANKS GOD FOR THIS. DON'T GET ME WRONG. I AM NOT HAPPY BECAUSE CELEBRITIES ARE SUFFERING FROM THIS, BUT I THINK AT LEAST YOU DON'T FEEL ALONE AND THEIR BRAVERY TO SPEAK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS IS JUST FOR PRAISING.✊ PEOPLE WILL FINALLY UNDERSTAND THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS TOO.😑 (CELEBRITIES SHARE THOUGHTS ON ANXIETY & DEPRESSION 2018)

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