Kim Kardashian Is Now an Advocate for Mental Illness
Though never having suffered from it, the 34-year-old reality star has become the latest advocate for mental illness, producing an HLN documentary #RedFlag that centers on mental health in the social media age we live in today.
During a Google hangout to promote the film yesterday, a fan asked how Kim became involved in raising awareness for mental illness. She responded that she’d always been a big fan of Intervention — the producers of which helped her on #RedFlag — but was never actually affected by addicts until more recently (we’re guessing this somehow relates to the rumors surrounding both Rob Kardashian and Khloé‘s ex Lamar Odom).
“For me, I have experienced so many friends who have suffered from depression and other mental illnesses. And because I’ve never experienced it, I don’t understand it,” she explained. “I wanted to really inform myself because it’s not just something that you can snap out of.”
“I just started to see too many people around me suffer, and I couldn’t give them advice for where they should go to get help,” the fashion mogul continues. “And so I wanted to really inform myself and try to help inform other people and bring awareness to [the issue].”
Kim hopes to use her massive fame as a platform to stop the stigma surrounding mental illness.
“It’s something that I feel is a little bit taboo,” she said. “I also think it’s hard for people to admit they have a mental illness and I want them to know it’s okay. And there is help available.”
Check out more from her hangout below.