People Are Sharing Their Memories of Carrie Fisher and Her Mental Health Advocacy
On Tuesday, actress and mental health advocate Carrie Fisher died at the age of 60. Shortly after her death was confirmed, Fisher’s fans took to social media to share how the actress, who spoke candidly about her experience living with bipolar disorder and addiction, changed their lives.
Here’s what they are saying.
She told me, “You have mental illness, but your mental illness doesn’t have you.”
— Jen Mac Ramos (@jenmacramos) December 23, 2016
#CarrieFisher spoke openly about mental health, body shaming, sexism, and addiction. She was an activist and role model across generations.
— I of the Storm (@admorale86) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher recently wrote this to someone else w bipolar disorder, she’s such a wonderful person I can’t bear to think of a world w/o her pic.twitter.com/cr7Rq5bNaq
— Liv (@_pinballwizard_) December 23, 2016
Carrie Fisher did more to combat mental health stigma by being open about her struggles with bipolar and addiction than did most politicians — Sara Benincasa???????? (@SaraJBenincasa) December 27, 2016
I’ve always admired how open Carrie Fisher was about being bipolar and her struggles. A true inspiration to dames like me. pic.twitter.com/lHLLtcf6Gy — Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) December 27, 2016
Rest In Peace, Carrie Fisher. You’ll never know how many of us with bipolar to know we’re not alone. You broke that stigma.Remembered always — Rebecca Gordon (@doosbabypud) December 27, 2016
carrie fisher’s existence was always comforting to me as someone who desperately needed bipolar role models who prove i am not broken. — 01100011 (@rootshaws) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher has been such an inspiration. She defined being a princess as being badass, and she made being bipolar a not so bad thing — Emma Grønning (@emmagronning) December 27, 2016
carrie fisher was cool b/c she talked openly about bipolar and when i was untreated and in total hell it was good to hear
— The Cozy Dark (@bombsfall) December 27, 2016
#CarrieFisher speaking openly about her lifelong struggle with Bipolar Disorder in an effort to fight the stigma inspired me to do the same
— Troy Blackburn (@TriPolarTroy) December 27, 2016