When news of Carrie Fisher's death broke this afternoon, it was evident that she was more than just Princess Leia — there has also been an outpouring of gratitude on Twitter for her work as a mental health advocate.
Never shy to discuss her own struggles with mental illness, Fisher worked for years to destigmatize conditions like bipolar disorder. Here are a few of the messages acknowledging her important work in this area:
Carrie Fisher did more to combat mental health stigma by being open about her struggles with bipolar and addiction than did most politicians— Sara Benincasa(@SaraJBenincasa) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was more than a beloved actress. She was an outspoken mental health advocate, which Hollywood and the world needs more of. RIP— philip kollar (@pkollar) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher spoke openly about her struggles w mental health. To me she was a hero - not only in the stars - but here on Earth as well.— Hannah Hart (@harto) December 27, 2016
GRATEFUL FOR CARRIE FISHER DEMYSTIFYING ADDICTION & MENTAL ILLNESS - THIS is why Carrie Fisher was realest badass https://t.co/ARNI6AKDrf— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher did so much to bring light to mental health awareness, she didn't hide her illness and was't afraid to discuss it. pic.twitter.com/OoOKYzJqzc— michelle buchman (@michelledeidre) December 27, 2016
Rest in Peace Carrie Fisher. Thank you for being a hero that the mental health community needed. pic.twitter.com/BFYIKTZ8n4— Buddy Project (@ProjectBuddy) December 27, 2016
Feeling pained over the loss of Carrie Fisher? Find a mental health supportive charity & donate a few dollars. Make a difference in her name— Neil Kaplan (@NeKap) December 27, 2016
#CarrieFisher spoke openly about mental health, body shaming, sexism, and addiction. She was an activist and role model across generations.— I of the Storm (@admorale86) December 27, 2016
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