In 2016, Kid Cudi shared on Twitter that he was seeking treatment for his depression and anxiety. What began as a single post prompted black men across the internet to ask each other “#YouGoodMan” and share resources on mental health.
NHL hockey player Jim Dowd discusses his lifelong experience with depression and OCD and his family’s influence on his mental health. “I was mentally exhausted trying to fight the depression on my own. I also realized the effect it was having on my family, and that was making it worse.”
Sports Columnist, Reporter, and TV Personality Bob Kravitz speaks about how physical trauma from surgeries influenced his mental wellness, his decade-long journey to feel better, and the exceedingly positive response he’s received from sharing his story.
This U.S.- based campaign was started by sports executive Eric Kussin to “normalize society’s perception of mental health and make it part of our everyday conversation.” Not only does the campaign provide a platform for personal stories through their #SameHere movement, but it also provides a list of Stress & Trauma, Active Release & Rewiring (STARR) Practices and resources. “Improving our mental health is not a “one-size-fits-all” process, however, by providing you with a list of therapies, you can research & choose the ones that work best for you.”
In response to Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf challenge in May 2018, “actors, athletes, social influencers, businesspeople and more sent messages of hope about their experience growing up with a mental health or learning disorder.” Although their May 2018 campaign focused on prominent role models, their campaign continues today, including video responses from people everywhere!
Celebrity endorsements help bring the stigma conversation to the table, but do they really impact the “nearly one in five U.S. adults” who live with mental illness and addiction every day?