Sunday, June 19, 2005

Stars helping slay stigma of mental illness

Stars helping slay stigma of mental illness: "For years, actresses Patty Duke and Carrie Fisher, both of whom have bipolar disorder, were the sole poster girls for mental illness. Today, newswoman Jane Pauley, actress Linda Hamilton and soap actor Maurice Benard frequently talk about their bipolar disorder. Actresses Brooke Shields and Lorraine Bracco and newsman Mike Wallace are open about their depression.
'They're realizing that the power of their celebrity can help people to not feel so alone,' said Lea Ann Browning, spokeswoman for the National Mental Health Association."