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 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
— Danielle Muscato (@DanielleMuscato) 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
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.
— LoFiHipHops (@admorale86) December 27, 2016