Tuesday was World Mental Health Day, something that comedians everywhere should be thankful for. All too often, the words “comic” and “mental health issues” tend to pop up around each other. Something about the world of comedy attracts those who have struggled, or continue to struggle with, the specter of mental illness. One such comedian is Maria Bamford, star of the hit Netflix show Lady Dynamite, who recently came out to advocate for World Mental Health Day.
In a video on her newly-launched GoFundMe campaign page, Bamford reaches out to fans to ask that they consider donating to NAMI, or the National Alliance for Mental Illness, to mark the occasion. NAMI is a grassroots mental health organization that not only works to advocate for those suffering from mental health issues, but which also seeks to educate those who may have friends or loved ones suffering so that they may provide more effective support. In the video, Bamford admits, like she has numerous times before, that she is one of the 1 in 5 Americans who suffers from mental illness (in her case, Bipolar 2) and who has reached out to NAMI and other organizations for help in the past. This cause is an extremely personal one for Bamford, and more than worthy.
If you or someone you love are going through a mental health crisis and need help, text NAMI to 741741 to be instantly connected to a crisis counselor or call 911. For Bamford’s GoFundMe to Support Mental Health services, click here.