Keisha Morrison: Let's talk about mental illness

Last updated 14:14 24/02/2014
Keisha Morrison
OPENING UP: Keisha Morrison

Related Links

Charlotte Dawson was 'just human'

Relevant offers

Celebrities

Dear North, tell the paps to go but chat with mum first Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner to voice Timon and Pumbaa in Lion King Aquaman's Jason Momoa shares photo with on-screen father Temuera Morrison Ronan Keating and wife welcome first baby together Disney star Michael Mantenuto found dead Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn hints at New Zealand visit Kim Kardashian held back tears on The Ellen Show as she described her Paris ordeal The Bachelor NZ: Chat live with New Zealand's most eligible bloke, Zac Franich Sean Bean's favourite death scene was shot in New Zealand, as Boromir in Lord of the Rings Ex-Shortland Street star KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse put their bromance to the test

Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Morrison has spoken out about her battle with bipolar disorder in the wake of Charlotte Dawson's death in Sydney.

Whale Rider star Morrison, formerly Keisha Castle-Hughes, said it was time to have an open conversation about mental illness.

Morrison posted on her Facebook page that Dawson's death on Saturday "is an absolute tragedy but herein is a very real yet harsh lesson for us all to never ignore any mental illness".

"My name is Keisha Castle-Hughes and I am proud to tell you all that I have bipolar disorder. Let's talk about it!" she wrote.

Morrison said she had battled with mental illness and addiction, and she understood how hard it was to see a way out of the darkness.

"The world can be a scary place, especially for those of us who are wired in a way where the simple ebbs & flows of life can throw us off-balance," she wrote.

"There is so much stigma attached to mental illness and we have been given an opportunity now to openly have a conversation about what we can do to help others and reach out when we need."

The 23-year-old tweeted on Saturday: "My heart is broken. We have lost a truly special wahine today. Moe mai Ra Charlotte."

Her husband Jonathon Morrison told Woman's Day last week that he had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder last year.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content