Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Why The Mental Health Community Needs Wentworth Miller

Wentworth Miller has come a long way since Prison Break. 


Since then, he has encouraged kids, adults and the world to break free from their minds and the stigma surrounding mental health. 

I have always admired him, but now I know how much of an impact he has had on people, I can't help but love him even more. 


Some of you may know him as the iconic Michael Scofield, and some, unfortunately, may recognise him from a cruel meme that circulated Facebook in early 2016. 


When I saw it, my heart sank.


I had no idea what he had been through, but even so, just because someone is known in the public eye as a 'celebrity' doesn't mean they are invincible. Wentworth highlighted this issue beautifully and opened up to the world. I often find myself retweeting, liking or sharing what I believe to be 'funny' memes at the time, but if you step back and reevaluate the situation, it's in fact not funny at all. 


I will never forget the words '' Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.' 


I couldn't quite believe I felt the same way as someone so successful in Hollywood. I think some people forget that they could suffer from mental health only because it was never spoken about in the industry. Until, finally, somebody spoke up. That person was my hero, Wentworth Miller. 







For someone that struggles in a relationship with food myself, this post truly hit home for me. Food can be such a comfort, and like Went, it was taking over my mind and body all at once.

Most of you in the mental health community may only recognise him from this particular post, but his Facebook is full of incredibly kind, supportive messages daily. Including tips on self-care, current events in the mental health world and his own experiences. What more could you want from someone who has such a powerful voice in Hollywood? This is exactly what we need.

Let's look all the way back to 2013 at the Human Rights Campaigns Seattle Dinner. This is a speech that will forever be iconic to me. The bravery, confidence and warmth could not come so naturally from anyone else. 






Never have I encountered a man so well spoken, intelligent and willing to share it. 


Wentworth is often reduced to his beautiful looks and captivating appearance in general, but he has so so much more to give, and he gives it all and more. I couldn't possibly find fault in him. I swear by that.





If you ever find yourself feeling depressed, check out his Facebook page, or listen to one of his many videos talking about mental health. I promise you he has the most soothing voice I have ever heard! 





"We all have to come out many times, and in many ways and so for me, it feels as though I'm coming out about my mental health history and situation almost on a daily basis. And it's different every time, depending on who you're talking to. Some people are ready to have that conversation with me. Some people are ready to hold a space for the fact that I have experienced depression and I've had suicidal thoughts, that there have been long stretches in my life where I've struggled. Some people know how to be with that..."



Wentworth Miller taught me that there is no shame in the struggle. Talk and talk, talk talk again. Listen. Listen to others and help eachother. 

I often get messages from people since starting this blog, telling me I have saved them. Just like this man saved me. He did. His honesty and realistic view on the world of mental health SAVED me. For that reason, I hope I can do the same for others. I urge anyone to just take a look at his work or his FB page and see for yourself. I could continue to express my love for him all day! 

''You only cry for help when you believe there is help to cry for.''

Thank you, Wentworth Miller. 

xoxo



2 comments :

  1. Amazing once again Shan, so proud of you each and everyday and you know your Aunty is always here to listen to you ❤️

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  2. I didn’t know much about Wentworth Miller campaigning for mental health awareness and I also didn’t know about him being subject to nasty memes and online ‘bullying/trolling’. I’m going to watch some YouTube videos and interviews on it now and educate myself as I’m a big fan of him! So much respect — this post has opened my eyes and my heart. Thank you for this!

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