This month, the Child Mind Institute implemented the second year of its impactful #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign, bringing together more than three dozen actors, Olympians, authors, comedians, advocates and other influencers to share personal videos with the advice they would give their younger selves about growing up with a mental health or learning disorder. The goal of the #MyYoungerSelf campaign is to eliminate stigma by showing children and adolescents who struggle that there is a bright future ahead if they open up and ask for help.
For May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Child Mind Institute revealed a series of homemade video and childhood photo featuring a celebrity or mental health advocates on the Child Mind Institute’s social media channels and web site childmind.org. The public is encouraged to get involved by sharing and liking these videos on social media and uploading their own videos with hopeful messages to their younger selves.
“By sharing their own personal stories for the second annual #MyYoungerSelf campaign, these actors, athletes, authors and influencers are helping to eradicate the stigma that keeps the 1 in 5 young people who struggle with a mental health or learning disorder from getting help and reaching their potential,” said Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, Founding President of the Child Mind Institute. “We all know and love these children—if it’s not your son or daughter, it’s a niece or a nephew, or your child’s best friend at school. #MyYoungerSelf represents our society, whether you’re famous or not, coming together to get these kids the help they need.”
“If I could say one thing to my younger self it would be, have fun with it. You know you’re not stupid. So don’t ever believe for a second that you are.” – James Van Der Beek, Dyslexia
“You learn the tools to deal with it, whether it’s breathing or learning or some kind of meditation, which I find helpful, or just learning what the root of it might be, just having some control over it and knowing that is really a completely normal thing.” – Mark Ronson, Panic Disorder
Other campaign participants included: Bill Hader, Ray Romano, Regina Hall, Sara Benincasa, Michelle Carter, Katherine Ellison, Nick Goepper, Temple Grandin, Cat Greenleaf, Chamique Holdsclaw, A.J. Mendez, Sonia Patel, Alysia Reiner, Allison Schmitt, Tara Sim, Mara Wilson and Michael Young.