Russell Brand, Tom Hardy, Kristen Bell Post Selfies For Mental Health Awareness

By Victoria Kim 04/27/17

The BBC is bringing awareness to mental health issues with a celebrity campaign and a host of programs exploring topics of mental health.

Tom Hardy, Kristen Bell and Russell Brand selfies for the Minds Matter campaign
Tom Hardy, Kristen Bell and Russell Brand selfies for the Minds Matter campaign via Twitter/Instagram

House of Lies actress Kristen Bell and comedian Sarah Silverman have joined up with some famous faces from across the pond to raise mental health awareness.

The stars joined actor Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Taboo), mental health and recovery advocate Russell Brand, and actor David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones) for the BBC initiative called Minds Matter. It kicked off last Tuesday (April 18) with the goal of letting people know just how common it is to have a mental health issue, even if it’s not talked about.

“One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health problem over the course of a year,” reads the #1in4 campaign website, “so most of us will either have experienced it ourselves or know at least one person affected by it.” The campaign aims to encourage more people to speak up about mental health struggles to family, friends, a doctor, or a helpline, instead of bottling it up.

The stars each posted a photo of themselves holding up four fingers on Twitter with the hashtag #1in4. 

“#1in4 of us will experience mental health issues,” wrote Brand in a tweet accompanying a photo of himself. “Don’t ignore your symptoms.”

“#1in4 of us will experience mental health issues,” tweeted Silverman. “Be there for your friends.”

In addition to the celebrity selfie campaign, the BBC is airing several programs and documentaries for Minds Matter through its TV and radio channels. The programs explore topics of mental health and include “Music Matters” on BBC Radio 3, covering the latest research into music therapy and mental health, and “Being Black, Going Crazy?” on BBC One London, a documentary that explores mental health among black people in the UK.

Kristen Bell, who rose to fame with her starring role in the TV series Veronica Mars, spoke about dealing with depression and anxiety from a young age in a candid interview on Off Camera with Sam Jones last May. 

Tom Hardy had his own demons to contend with as well. The London-born actor is in recovery after giving up alcohol and crack cocaine. According to the Independent, Hardy has been sober for over a decade thanks to rehab and therapy.

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