Jennifer Lawrence "Will Save Lives" Says A Mental Health Advocate

Everybody Loves Jennifer Lawrence: Actress Could Even ‘Save Lives’

Everybody loves Jennifer Lawrence. It’s official. Even before her Best Actress recognition at the Oscars on Sunday, it was approaching stratospheric levels. Now, one of Australia’s top mental health advocates has said the 22-year-old “will save lives.”

The extraordinary prediction was made by Kate Carnell, CEO of BeyondBlue, an Australian depression organization, in response to the actress’s comments about mental illness in the Oscars press room.

The subject is at the heart of the funny, yet thought-provoking Silver Linings Playbook in which Lawrence plays an outspoken widow who connects with a man (Bradley Cooper) who suffers from bipolar disorder.

News.com notes the actress used some of her spotlight at the Oscars to address the issue.

“I don’t think we’re going to stop until we get rid of the stigma for mental illness,” Lawrence told reporters backstage. “I know [director] David O. Russell won’t, and I hope that this helps.

“It’s just so bizarre how in this world if you have asthma, you take asthma medication. If you have diabetes, you take diabetes medication. But as soon as you have to take medicine for your mind, it’s such a stigma behind it.”

Quoting a broad statistic that one in four Australians think people with mental illnesses should “suck it up,” Carnell believes Lawrence’s comments are not only poignant but will change how the mentally ill feel about themselves and how others treat them.

“It’s just fantastic that somebody as high-profile as Jennifer is, at a time when she’s winning an Oscar, takes time to address mental health,” she told News.com, adding, “It will help, it will save lives.”

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a scene from Silver Linings Playbook
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