Add Bruce Springsteen to the list of celebrities willing to talk about their mental issues.
Springsteen talks about his lifelong battles with depression in a 16,000-word New Yorker profile hitting the stands this week.
Every time someone in the public eye is willing to talk about mental illness, the door opens to acceptance just a bit more, and stigma is dealt a blow.
Ben and I are trying to do the same thing with our book. This week I was thrilled to present “Listen Up! Hearing the Family’s Perspective on Illness ” as Interdisciplinary Grand Rounds at Bridgeport Hospital, and honored to receive this feedback:
“I truly appreciated your candor, your humor, and your heart in speaking on this topic. I’d like to think I pride myself on empathy and compassion with all my patients, but I know after hearing you speak, I will double my efforts, all around, no matter the condition. Thanks again for a really worth while and inspiring talk.”
To touch another person like that – well, that’s the reason I wrote the book and speak out. Thank you.
Yes, right now it is mostly my crusade as Ben’s Mom – but someday I hope that Ben will speak out too. I see signs of acceptance in him, but I know he is not ready to say, in public, that he has schizophrenia. That’s okay. I will take what we’ve got, and I know what it takes. Patience. Understanding. Love. And some luck too.
Meanwhile – Thanks, Boss, for your courage and honesty. You’ve kicked the door open another inch.