Actor and Activist Mayim Bialik Speaks up for Mental Health.
Soon after I started A Mind of Your Own, which I am still reading in order to review Part 2 later this month or early next month, (Link to Part 1 posting: https://www.menupause.info/?p=20669&preview=true), I went for a check-up to my cardiologist and picked up a free copy of Web Md and became interested in an interview of Mayim Bialik. Here is a summary of what I read.
The article is entitled “Big Brain Theory” By Gina Shaw about Mayim Bialik, who stars on the very popular TV show, The Big Bang Theory. Mayim is a proponent of removing the stigma of mental health. In real life and in her TV character Amy, she is a neuroscientist, earning her PhD in neuroscience from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2008.
In 2016, Bialik did a series of public service announcement in support of its #StigmaFree campaign. She partnered with NAMI, which stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. Mental health is a personal issue for her since her family’s history includes depression, panic disorder, and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). In her book, Girling Up, Mayim devotes a whole chapter to “major stressors, unusual events, what symptoms spell depression versus those that spell grief.”
I applaud this young mother, actor, and activist for speaking up and speaking out about mental illness, which many people still stigmatize. With my own family history of depression, I feel that Bialik has done a wonderful service for this misunderstood health issue.
At the end of the article are three steps you can take to resist the mental health stigma:
- Educate yourself and others
- Strive to see the person first, not the condition
- Speak out and get involved.