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."
“@kecahu: My heart is broken. We have lost a truly special wahine today. Moe mai Ra Charlotte.” I feel the same Keisha :(
— Andhy Blake (@TheAndhyBlake) February 22, 2014
Her husband Jonathon Morrison told Woman's Day last week that he had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder last year.