Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or without a wifi connection!), you’re probably aware that many prominent celebrities have recently come out about their mental health experiences. Several high-profile NBA stars, including Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan, commented on their own experiences with depression and anxiety. Rapper Logic wrote a smash-hit song that helped destigmatized suicide. Actress Demi Lovato has been an outspoken advocate for sharing stories of mental health recovery. The British royal family has been engaged in a public awareness campaign aimed at reducing mental health stigma. And countless other public figures have contributed to the conversation as well.
However, one particular mental health story has been influencing the recent news cycle: singer Mariah Carey’s disclosure that she has bipolar II disorder. Carey discussed her diagnosis and recovery experience with People Magazine—an interview that launched countless waves of support and understanding from fans and fellow celebrities alike. The positivity and openness surrounding this news story represents a promising departure from the ways that mental health is usually depicted in American popular media. We at PEERS applaud Carey’s paradigm-shifting bravery in making her mental health experiences public.
PEERS confronts mental health stigma by offering wellness planning programs, support groups, and community outreach. We are located in Oakland, California. All of our services are free and open to the public.
If you too have a bipolar diagnosis, here are some of the free services that PEERS can offer you on your recovery journey:
- Wellness Recovery Action Plan allows you to take charge of your own health and wellbeing by developing a personal wellness plan.
- Lift Every Voice and Speak is a speakers’ bureau that encourages healing through storytelling.
- Transition Age Youth leadership program empowers young adults ages 18-26.
Emotional CPR trains family-members, friends, and others to support those with mental health experiences in a non-judgemental way.