“Now more than ever, there is a need to replace the shame of mental health with wisdom, compassion and honesty. Our series aims to spark this global discussion,” said Oprah Winfrey of the documentary “The Me You Can’t See,” which she produced with with Prince Harry. The grandson of Queen Elizabeth II added that their film was intended to familiarize the issue of mental illness because, as he emphasized, most of us “carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss or grief.” Among the invited guests, along with Lady Gaga and Glenn Close, basketball players DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway will also take the floor.
Actress Glenn Close emphasizes the need to raise this topic in public since she learned about the illness of her sister Jessie and her son. “Most families have some sort of mental health issue,” Close told CNN. “When my sister Jess came to me and said she needed help because I can’t stop thinking about suicide, it was like a bolt from the blue,” she added. The actress’s sister was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her nephew, Calen Pick, was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.
Glen Close noted that this issue was not discussed in her home. As she began to learn more about the painful stigma and discrimination that often accompanies mental illness, she set out to do away with that stigma. In her opinion, this is especially important now, in the era of the pandemic, which has significantly strained the mental condition of people around the world. “When I was little, I remember that the word cancer was a stigma. Today it is no longer so. Mental illness needs the same normalization. We need to talk about our mental health as easily as we talk about our physical health,” Close emphasized.
Lady Gaga, who confessed last year that she had struggled with mental problems for years, will also talk about her problems in the film “The me you can’t see”. “The rape and trauma associated with it led me to develop PTSD. I had no one to help me, no therapist, no psychiatrist. Suddenly I became a star and traveled the world, going from hotel room to garage, through the limo, right onto the stage. I never worked through this experience, and the alarm signal was piercing pain in my whole body “- she recalled in an interview with Winfrey, emphasizing that today we are dealing with a mental health crisis.
As we learn from the Apple announcement, in addition to talking to famous personalities, the series will also include information on scientific discoveries in the field of mental health, stories of ordinary people who struggle with them, and advice on how to take care of your mental well-being . 14 experts watched over the substantive aspect of the series. The series will debut on Apple TV + on May 21.