Belfast Telegraph

Washington: Mental health stigma has to go!

Kerry Washington thinks going to see a “shrink” should be as commonplace as going to the dentist.

The Scandal actress discusses the issue in the American edition of Glamour. And for the 38-year-old, looking after your mind should be as important as caring for your teeth.

“I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health…. My brain and my heart are really important to me,” she told the outlet. “I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”

The star appears on the cover alongside fellow actress Sarah Jessica Parker and First Lady Michelle Obama. While to some the trio might seem like an unusual combination, the three ladies know each other through their work on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and ahead of Memorial Day on May 25, they want to raise awareness for servicewomen, veterans and military wives.

“I feel like there’s a laundry list of issues they face…. Being a working mother, serving, returning from Iraq or Afghanistan—I almost don’t know where to begin….” former Sex and the City star Sarah added. While the 50-year-old and husband Matthew Broderick have friends in uniform, Kerry’s father Earl served before she was born. But even though she knows people in the military, Sarah Jessica admitted to feeling intimidated by their service.

“I almost feel like I’m patronising by inquiring how to help. When you see a serviceman or -woman, you always—I always—say, ‘Thank you for your service’” she continued. “But you know that’s not enough…. What do we do? Every community has a community of veterans. Where do we begin?”

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