IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Pho­tos and text from wire ser­vices sev­eral times.

Diane Hughes is a pro­fes­sor of Ap­plied Psy­chol­ogy at New York Univer­sity, spe­cial­iz­ing in ado­les­cent de­vel­op­ment. She sees great value in celebri­ties and sports fig­ures talk­ing about their strug­gles, past and present.

“I think there is a ben­e­fit to it be­cause it helps de-stig­ma­tize it and to nor­mal­ize it a lit­tle bit,” Hughes said.

She added: “There’s a lot of stigma at­tached to men­tal health issues, es­pe­cially among teenagers be­cause ado­les­cents are con­stantly com­par­ing them­selves to their peers and are very self-con­scious and wor­ry­ing, (thus) cre­at­ing a stigma to men­tal ill­ness and help seek­ing.”

That’s why the Child Mind In­sti­tute, which pro­vides men­tal health ser­vices to chil­dren and fam­i­lies, en­listed the help of dozens of celebri­ties for its new campaign called #MyY­ounger­Self for May, which is Men­tal Health Awareness Month. It asks celebri­ties what they would tell the younger ver­sion of them­selves.

Ac­tress Kristen Bell would warn her­self not to be fooled by the idea of per­fec­tion. Grammy-win­ning DJ Mark Ron­son talks of be­ing over­taken by panic at­tacks as a teen. And Sarah Sil­ver­man says there should be no part of your body that you should be ashamed of, and that in­cludes your brain.

PHOTO BY BRENT N. CLARKE — INVISION — AP, FILE

In this file photo, ac­tor-pro­ducer Ryan Reynolds at­tends a spe­cial screen­ing of his film, “Dead­pool 2,” at AMC Loews Lin­coln Square in New York.

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