Actress Mara Wilson Raises Awareness for Mental Illness

Actress Mara Wilson Raises Awareness for Mental Illness


May 6, 2015

Mara Wilson has teamed up with Project UROK in an effort to raise awareness about mental health among youths. The nonprofit organization, founded by comedian Jenny Jaffe, focuses on helping teens who suffer from mental illnesses. According to their official website, their goals are to “de-stigmatize mental illness, combat isolation, create an online community, and reduce teen suicide.”

In the video, the former child actress opens up about her experiences with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Project UROK videos typically feature people who have endured similar hardships as the teens they strive to help.  

“I was an anxious kid, and I’m still kind of an anxious adult,” Wilson said. “I wish somebody had told me that it’s OK to be anxious  that you don’t have to fight it, that in fact fighting it is this thing that makes it worse, that pushing it away is really what it is.” 

Throughout the video, she shares breathing exercises to help tackle anxious moments, and reminds teens who suffer from any type of mental health issue that they’re not alone.

“I think that that’s something to keep in mind that, you know, you are not the only one who has this. Other people can and have fought these battles before. So the important thing to remember is that you are not alone, and you are OK,” she said.

Wilson’s honesty, sincerity, and sensitivity toward young people going through mental illnesses clearly makes her this week's MAKER in the making.

NEXT: Meet Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness »

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