She stresses that there’s ‘nothing wrong with you’ when seeking help for mental illness
In an effort to destroy the stigmas surrounding mental illnesses that they have endured their entire lives, celebrities have joined an effort called Speak Up For Kids, developed by the Child Mind Institute.
In the first installment of the video series, designed to inform both parents and children that mental illness can be managed and overcome through acknowledgment and treatment, actress Emma Stone speaks openly about her fight against anxiety that began in grade school.
Speaking about her condition last year, she recalled, "I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change."
Her message remains one of action and hope. In the coming days, Child Mind Institute will release more videos featuring testimonials from Lena Dunham, Colton Haynes, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Keke Palmer, and Tommy Hilfiger.
The campaign kicked off with this promo featuring Idina Menzel, which outlines what the project’s goals and hopes are in the fight against mental illness.