Manic Depression Campaigner Stephen Fry Supports Fireworks

Twelve days into our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign and we’re delighted to find that the venerable Stephen Fry is supporting our campaign. Stephen Fry tweeted a message of support today to his six million followers:

A Driving Force for Mental Health Awareness

Stephen Fry has bipolar disorder (manic depression), and since his diagnosis at the age of 37 has campaigned to change the way that the condition is viewed in society.

Take a look at this video he created for Big Think, in which he talks about his experiences:

He is a strong supporter of the movement to destigmatise mental illness, led in part by the charitable organisation Time to Change, who aim to combat prejudice against people with mental illness. Quoted on the Time to Change website, Fry says:

“I want to speak out, to fight the public stigma and to give a clearer picture of mental illness that most people know little about.”

The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

In 2006 Stephen Fry presented a two-part TV documentary about his experience of living with bipolar disorder, called The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. The documentary also featured Jo Brand, Griff Rhys Jones, Carrie Fisher, Richard Dreyfuss, Rick Stein and Robbie Williams, and won an Emmy Award for Best Documentary at the 35th International Emmys in 2007.

You can watch the programme on YouTube:

We are delighted to receive this tweet of support from Stephen Fry, and hope that it will persuade many others with bipolar disorder to consider contributing to our campaign in whatever way they can. Thank you Stephen Fry!

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