- YEN learned about Oprah’s views on mental illness
- She explained that she had some experience with mental illness
- She advised that victims of mental illness need to speak up, acknowledging that they need help
Whatever Oprah says, the world wants to hear.
Oprah, American talk show host and philanthropist might just be the most influential person in the world.
She was once ranked the richest African-American, and also, North America’s first multi-billionaire black person.
Oprah wasn’t born with a silver spoon; she was born into poverty by a single mother in Mississippi.
Her childhood was quite rough.
She was sexually harassed and became pregnant at 14, her child died early.
The 63-year old fought her way to the top, despite these difficulties.
She started on radio as a local news co-anchor while in high school, before she got transferred to Chicago.
In Chicago, she managed to push herself to where she is now.
Oprah connects to her viewers/listeners at an emotional level, she manages to understand the situations people go through every day, and she says exactly what they need to hear.
Early last year, Oprah talked to the world about mental illness.
She shared that she’s had some experience with mental illness, as some people close to her have suffered from it.
She stated that she herself has suffered from anxiety and depression at some point in her life.
She did this to encourage the victims of mental illness to open up about their conditions.
The way the world goes about it is wrong, according to Oprah.
Victims of mental illness need to speak up and acknowledge that they need help, there’s nothing to be ashamed of.
‘We, as a culture, have not fully acknowledged how much help is needed.’
‘The only real shame is on us for not being willing to speak openly. We need to start talking, and we need to start now.’
People suffering from mental illness can recover, but this can only happen with the aid of other people.