There’s nothing “good” to come out of celebrity deaths but over the festive period we’ve seen George Michael, Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds pass away. In the hours and days after their deaths, we’ve had an influx of stories regarding their charitable acts and how their fought their personal battles with pride. No other person has battled mental illness and fought so strongly than Carrie Fisher.
I was not a Star Wars fan but I was a fan of anyone who spoke the truth about the painful, deliberating, torturous and often funny side of living with mental illness. As well as prolific substance abuse, Carrie lived with bipolar and kicked it well and truly in the balls.
Here are 7 quotes by the late actress which will continue to inspire me:
“Without medication I would not be able to function in this world. Medication has made me a good mother, a good friend, a good daughter.”
If we’re breaking the stigma around mental health, we also need to break the fear around medication. Medication personally saved my life and I’d be nothing without it. But there’s still such a barrier around it. People struggle with the concept of taking something which will have an effect on their mind but it’s literally no different to taking a pill for low iron levels or a hormone issue. Carrie understood that.
“I have a chemical imbalance that, in its most extreme state, will lead me to a mental hospital.”
“I’m very sane about how crazy I am.”
This makes me laugh every single time.
“The world of manic depression is a world of bad judgment calls.”
Sometimes, actually a lot of the time, mental illness is to blame for actions in your life. Understanding that can be hard- it’s taken me 14 years to do it- but it’s true. Some of the things I’ve done in life, the mistakes I’ve made, have been down to my illness and I’d never have done them otherwise. Manic depression is a bastard but the important thing is to make things right and as positive as possible when you’re feeling well and stable.