Carrie Fisher used her illness to demystify taboo subjects and encourage others to seek help.
Carrie Fisher‘s brother, Todd Fisher, delivered an impassioned message about his late sister’s struggle with bipolar disorder and urged kids to seek help if they are grappling with mental health problems. Fisher recorded his statement for the Child Mind Institute‘s new #MyYoungerSelf campaign.
In the video, Fisher recalled Carrie’s childhood and the difficulties she faced living with a disorder that hadn’t yet been diagnosed. “She was struggling through something and was very alone,” Fisher said. “All she had was the support of her family.”
As Todd noted, specialists were finally able to diagnose Carrie’s bipolar disorder, and treatment, including therapy and medication, allowed her to flourish personally and professionally. She also became an outspoken advocate for mental health issues. “She left us with this amazing inspiration of a person that survived incredible adversity,” Todd Fisher said. “She excelled in life, in everything she put her hand to, whether it be writing or acting or even Broadway.”
In closing, Fisher encouraged kids grappling with mental health issues or learning disorders to find inspiration in Carrie’s story. “Use her as your role model,” he said. “Do not be afraid to ask for help. You’re not alone and treatment does work.”
Carrie Fisher died last December after suffering a massive heart attack. She was 60.