Because we're quick to think that it's all in our head when it comes to psychological problems, mental health is still surrounded by a strong taboo for most people. While having the flu or even more serious diseases that affect the body in a way that can be seen and measured, suffering from mental health issues is still widely considered either fake or not serious enough to deserve to be qualified as illnesses.
Yet as the conversation around these topics becomes increasingly more accepted, it's more and more obvious that a countless number of people have — or will — struggle with some sort of mental health trouble, whether it's mild anxiety or acute depression. With their influence and online following, it's good to see that celebrities are jumping in on the conversation, too. This time, it's thanks to a hashtag initiated by British channel BBC 3, aiming to bring awareness to that fact that 1 in 4 people will experience mental health issues in their lives.
Tom Hardy And BBC 3 Promote #1in4
British actor #TomHardy, who's currently working on the BBC/FX show Taboo that he created with his father, has joined BBC Three's campaign #1in4. The idea of the hashtag relies on a simple visual: Holding up four fingers as a reminder that out of four people, one person will be affected by mental health issues in their lifetime. He's not the only celebrity to use his publicity power for this amazing cause.
Doctor Who actor #DavidTennant is also in on it:
As well as Game of Thrones actress Nathalie Emmanuel:
And Russell Brand:
Kristen Bell is here, too:
And Sarah Silverman:
It's a simple yet effective way to bring mental health into the foreground, when it has been stigmatized for so long.
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From Lady Gaga revealing she had PTSD to Selena Gomez being public about the anxiety that forced her to take a break from the spotlight, Hollywood is becoming increasingly more honest about the omnipresence of mental health issues, which hopefully should have a positive impact on the public's perception of this type of issue.
Feel free to share your own picture with the #1in4 hashtag!