Mental health awareness is essential for everyone, but the topic often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Fortunately, plenty of people, including celebrities, are working to change that fact. On Wednesday, Sophie Turner’s tweet about World Mental Health Day shows her passion for mental health awareness, and other stars have tweeted about it, too.
In her message, Turner wrote that she’s “seen people go from the darkest moments in their lives to living a happy, fulfilling life.” As difficult as things can seem, there’s always the possibility that things can change. Turner added in her tweet,
“You can do it too. I believe in you. You are not a burden. You will NEVER BE a burden.”
Fans responded to Turner’s tweet by thanking the Game of Thrones actor for her message of support. “Thank you so much for this. Means the absolute world to read this,” one person wrote.
Turner also spoke out earlier this year for Mental Health Awareness Week. “Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK,” Turner tweeted in May. “Let’s rid ourselves of the taboo of depression and start working towards ways to recognise and to manage mental illness.” The actor also has a pinned tweet from September about World Suicide Prevention Day — it’s clearly a topic that’s near to her heart.
Turner has also addressed mental health during the promotion for her upcoming X-Men movie, Dark Phoenix. At the New York Comic Con this month, the actor teased that the movie will address mental health issues. “My family has a history of mental health, and this story deals with it in a non-gimmicky way that’s awesome to put on the screen,” Turner said at the event, according to SyFy.com. That sounds like a welcome change from many movies and TV shows, where mental illness is often stigmatized or portrayed inaccurately.
Other celebrities shared messages of support for fans, as well as their own experiences, on Twitter too. Sierra Burgess Is a Loser actor Shannon Purser tweeted that she suffers from “anxiety, depression, and OCD.” Though the disorders have been difficult for her, Purser explained in her tweets that scientific articles helped her better understand the symptoms of OCD. She also shared information about the Crisis Text Line and the National Institute of Mental Health with her followers.