Mental Health Awareness Month: Helen

by Neseret on May 17, 2012

People need to understand that DEPRESSION isn’t just a matter of being sad. It’s a condition, and a real illness. It’s actually a full-blown public issue. But right now…talking about depression is like COMING OUT. And…I don’t mind being one of the first to TALK about my so called little secret. ~ Ashley Judd, Actress ~

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

I want to take this opportunity to share with you a great movie I watched recently.

A couple of years back I came across an article in Esperanza Magazine of an interview with the talented actress, Ashley Judd. I remember thinking, here is a beautiful, brilliant, powerful woman who is not only standing in her truth but taking a huge stand against stigma.

Reading Ashley’s story was inspiring! 

I loved how this movie zeroed in on shame and fear of stigma.

Helen was a beautiful, accomplished and loved university professor. (And, yes mental illness does not discriminate and is not a respecter of persons.)  She hid her illness from everyone close to her including her adoring husband, David.

Ashley Judd did a terrific job in portraying how far people go because of shame and fear of stigma. As well she portrayed so accurately the utter despair and hopelessness that comes with mental illness. The movie also shows so clearly how often many people, even those in the helping profession underestimate the power of the fear of stigma.

The movie also shows the power of acceptance and compassion in the friendship between Helen and Mathilda. It shows Helen going through the process of recovery and healing. Helen does convey a message of hope.

It is a story of recovery and healing.

Please take time to share your questions and comments below. If you haven’t yet watched Helen I would encourage you to do so and come back and tell me what you think. Please share this article on Facebook and Twitter.

Cheers to ending stigma!

Peace, Love & Gratitude,


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