Former Child Star Mara Wilson Has an Important Message For Teens Struggling With Mental Illness
May 7, 2015 1:57PM
Former child star Mara Wilson has never been shy about her struggle with various mental illnesses — including depression, anxiety and OCD.
And now she’s helping teens who may be suffering with the same issues by teaming up with Project UROK, a nonprofit dedicated to not only helping young people who are struggling, but also lessening the stigma associated with mental health.
Mara’s career took off in films like ‘Matilda’ (pictured above) and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire.’ (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I was an anxious kid, and I’m still kind of an anxious adult,” the 27-year-old writer says in the video.
“I wish somebody had told me that it’s okay 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. It’s the fear of fear.”
For more information on the work Project UROK is doing, visit their ProjectUROK.org. Watch her powerful testimony below: