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Let’s Talk: Mental Health
February 5, 2014
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Over the course of 10 seasons, many of the guests in the red chair have talked to George about their personal stories of living with depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health-related issues. These are compelling, first-person accounts of struggle and overcoming. In honour of the Let's Talk campaign, which seeks to end the stigma and raise awareness of mental illness, we thought we'd share some of those stories again.

Stephen Fry

The British actor, writer and quiz show host Stephen Fry talked about a moment of clarity about his bipolar disorder following a very public breakdown, and about the importance of speaking up about mental illness (section starts at the 10:15 mark):

Matthew Good

Last time he was in the red chair, Canadian rocker Matthew Good shared his story of living with bipolar disorder, and discussed some of the problems with the way we talk about mental health: 

Margaret Trudeau

In her memoir Changing My Mind, Margaret Trudeau wrote about her struggles with bipolar disorder. Here, she talks with George about that time in her life:

Joseph Boyden

The Giller Prize-winning author of The Orenda talked to George about a period of depression in his youth, which led to multiple suicide attempts (section starts at the 4:05 mark):

Rick Springfield

Pop singer and actor Rick Springfield spoke to George about the ups and downs of his career, and his experience "battling the darkness" of depression for years:

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeves in four Superman movies, talked to George about her activism and about the way we talk about mental illness (section starts at the 4:29 mark):

Clara Hughes

Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes talked about dealing with depression and loneliness after being a two-time Olympic medallist. Hughes is a spokesperson for Bell Let's Talk.

Seamus O'Regan

Broadcaster Seamus O'Regan is also involved with Bell Let's Talk. He talks with George about why he got involved with the campaign:

Michael Landsberg

Off The Record host Michael Landsberg recently talked about his struggles with depression in public for the first time:

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