Country music icon Naomi Judd is speaking out about her struggles with depression as part of the Child Mind Institute’s month-long #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign. In a video that premiered yestesrdat, Sunday, May 28th, the Grammy-winning superstar suggests ,
“If each one of us practiced being more kind, we could all literally change the world.”
Urging people not to stigmatize others, Judd says,
“You are going to lose your chance to get to know them as a real human being. I’ve learned through my dark days and my journey that depression is a disease of the brain. Just like heart disease is a disease of the heart, or hepatitis is a disease of the liver.” She adds, “With depression, it is partly genetic, partially environment and circumstances, and then choices. I’ve learned I have to take my medication, do my therapies and be constantly vigilant about my moods.”
While writing her recently released book, “River of Time,” which chronicled her battle with depression, Judd said she was surprised to learn,
“There were 40, and this is crazy — hmm, didn’t mean to use that word – in my research I learned there are 40 million of us — I can’t even grasp that – who have depression and anxiety.”
She closes, “My name is Judd and I’ve learned don’t judge people. Think about it this way, if each one of us practiced being more kind, we could all literally change the world.”
Every day in May, Mental Health Awareness Month, a new, homemade video and childhood photo of a celebrity, including Academy Award winner Emma Stone, Olympian Michael Phelps, actors Jesse Eisenberg, Lena Dunham and David Cross, director/producer Brian Grazer and fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, will be revealed on the Child Mind Institute’s social media channels and web site (https://SpeakUpForKids.org/splash/). Everyone can get involved by liking and sharing the celebrity videos, accessing resources and sharing their own #MyYoungerSelf stories.