Almost a year ago 29-year old actor Lee Thompson Young, star of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, and Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson, was found dead in his apartment from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Last week Young’s real life family opened up about his struggles with bipolor disorder, which the actor was diagnosed with as a teenager.
The folks over at Madamenoire.com wrote a great article you should read here:
Family Of Lee Thompson Young Opens Up About His Battles With Bipolar Disorder Nearly A Year After His Death
I want to focus on the Lee Thompson Young Foundation created in the actor’s honor.
I do my part to diminish the stigma associated with depression and mental illness in general so this foundation is near and dear to my heart. The non-profit organization is dedicated to sharing information about mental health, supporting research, offering treatment stipends (word?), and sponsoring youth programming.
The foundation’s mission is to contribute to
“a world in which mental illness is recognized by all as a treatable, biological disorder and the stigma associated with it no longer exists; a world that supports and encourages wholeness and well being at every stage of life.” “dedicated to erasing the stigma associated with mental illness, advancing holistic health treatments and improving the lives of all those impacted.”
I’m excited to learn about the foundation even though I’m still deeply saddened by the reason it exists (I wept through the recent Rizzoli & Isles episode depicting Young’s character, Detective Frost’s, funeral).
To connect with the foundation online visit LeeThompsonYoungFoundation.org
on Twitter: @LTYFfoundation
on Facebook: LeeThompsonYoungFoundation
on Google+ +LeeThompsonYoungFoundationOrg
I’ve followed them on all their social media accounts and am excited to follow their progress. If you or anyone you know is in danger of harming themselves click here for resources and someone you can talk to.
Love & Light,