Mariah Carey opened up about bipolar diagnoses for the first time, and people are so grateful

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Now more than ever, celebrities have been opening up about their experiences with mental health issues — and Mariah Carey now joins the ranks of the stars who hope to shatter stigma surrounding various disorders.

The singer, who is typically very private, got incredibly candid with Peoplein a new interview, revealing for the first time in her storied career that 17 years ago she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder, which is marked by bouts of depression and mania, as well as sleeplessness and irritability.

“Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and in constant fear someone would expose me,” she told People‘s editor-in-chief Jess Cagle. “It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music.”

Carey says she is regularly going to therapy and taking medication that strikes a “proper balance” for her and doesn’t leave her too tired or sluggish.

“I’m just in a really good place right now, where I’m comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar II disorder,” she explained. “I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating. It does not have to define you and I refuse to allow it to define me or control me.”

People are already lauding Carey on social media for speaking up, telling her story, and in the process, making the world a little less isolating for those who are bipolar. 

The full cover story with Carey in People will be available on Friday. 

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Jimmy Kimmel brought his adorable son Billy on the show, after his heart surgery

Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy, who was born with congenital heart disease and who has been at the center of the talk show host’s arguments around U.S. healthcare, had his second open heart surgery last week. So, Kimmel brought him on Monday’s show.

Kimmel has taken time off during Billy’s surgery, instead inviting guest hosts Chris Pratt, Melissa McCarthy, Tracee Ellis Ross andNeil Patrick Harris to keep the seat warm.

Billy’s surgery was a roaring success, and Kimmel thanked the doctors and nurses at the Children’s Hospital LA for his son’s treatment. “Daddy cries on TV but Billy doesn’t,” said a tearful Kimmel during his opening monologue.

Kimmel has been at the forefront of the U.S. healthcare debate recently, slamming the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill for not providing coverage for kids like Kimmel’s son (and rejoicing when it was blocked). On Monday’s show, Kimmel championed the CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), administered by the Department of Health to cover families with modest incomes that are too high to qualify for Medicaid. Kimmel says Congress has failed to approve funding for it this year. He also urges people to enrol for healthcare before the cut-off date on Dec. 15.

Billy has one more surgery planned for when he’s six years old, then he’s done. Go get ’em Billy!

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Jimmy Kimmel’s baby son had a second heart surgery

Jimmy Kimmel will be taking a break this week to spend time with his family following his son Billy’s successful second heart surgery. 

According to ABC News, the late night host will have the help of various guest hosts filling in for him this week so he can be with his family during the 7-month-old’s recovery process. 

Chris Pratt took over the show on Monday, and for the rest of the week, Tracee Ellis Ross, Neil Patrick Harris, and Melissa McCarthy will take turns making themselves comfy in Kimmel’s seat. 

Kimmel and his son’s story have been one of the unexpected voices speaking out against the proposed health care bill and the national conversation about health care. In May, Kimmel made the announcement that his newborn son was born with heart disease and since then, he has used his show to advocate against the various Republican health care bills and to raise awareness by analyzing and discussing the bill on his show. 

This will be the second time this year Kimmel has stepped away from his hosting gigs due to family obligations. Billy’s scheduled surgery was initially intended to take place in October, but was postponed due to a cold. Nonetheless, Shaquille O’Neal, Dave Grohl, Channing Tatum, and Jennifer Lawrence stepped up to the plate for him that week and we got some hilarious clips out of that—so this week should be just as fun. 

We are all wishing Billy a very speedy recovery. 

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A man’s story about mental illness was cut from live TV because of the royal engagement and Brits are furious

When the news broke that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had got engaged, the nation could scarcely contain its excitement. And, for much of the day, our television screens were plastered with shots and footage of the happy couple.

But, for one man who travelled from Edinburgh, Scotland, to London to talk about his depression and suicide attempt on TV, the day did not turn out to be as joyous. Brian Wilkie’s scheduled appearance on ITV’s This Morning was cut from the show to make way for the royal wedding news. And, many people have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment that this man’s story wasn’t heard. 

Last week, Ellie Wilkie tweeted a photo of her and her dad Brian with some words about his experience of living with mental illness. 

“This year began with my dad mentally suffering depression and suicide attempt. Today he ends the year starting his new career in becoming a recovery support worker,” she wrote. 

“Words can’t describe how proud we are,” she added. “It’s okay not to be okay.” 

Her tweet went viral, and led to them both being invited to appear on ITV’s This Morning show to tell their story. 

But, due to the royal engagement news, their segment was cut from the show’s schedule. 

“Due to breaking news our story was cut off live TV,” Ellie wrote. “The royal wedding will go ahead however mental health issues will always remain. Until next time Dad.”

Ellie’s tweet gained a great deal of attention online, with many people stating their disappointment that the segment was cut.

Some felt that given the princes’ extensive campaigning on mental health, the royals would have wanted the segment to go ahead. 

Many criticised This Morning for its decision to prioritise the engagement news. 

ITV did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment. 

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Woman requests time off for mental health, boss sends the perfect reply

It’s been almost three months since the news that Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington died by suicide, and the tributes and comments about the lead singer are still pouring in. 

Before his death, Bennington, along with two members of the band, filmed an episode of Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke

That video was finally shared on Thursday with the blessings of Bennington’s family and friends, and is 23 minutes of pure joy with comedian Ken Jeong, a big fan of the band. 

The four men rip through Linkin Park classics, an Outkast song, “screaning” lessons (that’s scream singing), a dance break and more. Because this goes beyond the James Corden segments that started the carpool movement, the group goes on a karaoke bus for even more antics.

Fans of Bennington and the band were thrilled, and emotional, about the new video. 

“Everyone at home watching should all sing along,” Bennington says at the end. 

What are you waiting for?

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.

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Joe Biden supports Julia Louis-Dreyfus after her breast cancer announcement like only a veep could

The "veeps" got this.
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After Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ breast cancer diagnosis announcement Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden voiced his support to the acclaimed actress who has played a fictional vice president on HBO’s Veep.

Biden assured Louis-Dreyfus that he was there for her during her cancer fight. “We Veeps stick together,” he wrote. He included a photo from a 2014 spot the two did together before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2014. Aviators are obviously involved.

Louis-Dreyfus, who plays vice president-turned-president (briefly) Selina Meyer on the show, had produced a spoof video in character with the then-real-life veep. The two had an adventurous day in the White House and bumped into Michelle Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and called former Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Julia liked Joe’s tweet, and posted her own response shortly after.

Like Biden tweeted, we’re with you, Julia.

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Kate Middleton chats about mental health in video for children and parents

Kate Middleton has spoken out about the difficulty in opening up about one’s mental health in a video aimed at children and parents. 

Appearing in a video for charity Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the Duchess of Cambridge explained in simple terms what “mental health” means. 

“Mental health is how we feel and think, things that can’t really be seen but affect us everyday. And talking about them can feel difficult,” she said. 

The Duchess’ words act by way of introduction to a short animation aimed at children to help them find the words to talk about mental health. The Duchess explained that the animation can help figure out “what to say and who to talk to when we have feelings that are too big to manage on our own.” 

The animation gives a simple breakdown of what the term “mental health” means, and it features tips and advice from children and adults on talking about thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

“Sometimes it’s just a simple conversation that can make things better,” Kate added. 

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New documentary carries on Leonard Nimoy’s legacy

The late Leanard Nimoy (left) and Julie Nimoy, his daughter and writer of the new documentary.
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The love for Leonard Nimoy lives long and prospers, but does the world really need two Nimoy documentaries, one from each of his biological children?

Logically speaking, yes it does.

Our films are very different, said Julie Nimoy, referring to her new documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, and For the Love of Spock, the 2016 crowd-funded documentary by her brother Adam.

The latter film focused on the sometimes-fraught relationship between Adam Nimoy and his father, Leonard, who played the iconic Star Trek vulcan Mr. Spock on TV and films for almost 50 years. It was also an examination of how Nimoy built the character of this seemingly emotionless and exasperatingly logical starship science officer.

Our film really is a celebration of dads life Leonards life and his career and his struggle with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Julie Nimoy explained.

Documentary co-writers and husband and wife David Knight and Julie Nimoy.

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As originally envisioned, Remembering Leonard Nimoy, which premiered in April at the Newport Beach Film Festival and airs this fall on PBS, would have focused almost exclusively on COPD and the actors battle with the progressive disease. Nimoy and her husband David Knight had already made a handful of health-related films and saw an opportunity to continue Leonard Nimoys efforts to raise awareness about a disease that 11 million people, according to the American Lung Association, have been diagnosed with (though many millions more may have it and not even realize it).

Leonard Nimoy, a two-pack a day smoker from the age of 17 until he was 55, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013. An intensely private man, he hid his condition from the public until he was spotted in a wheelchair and on oxygen at JFK airport.

Julie Nimoy told me that, after talking to his second wife Susan, Nimoy decided to go public about his condition with Piers Morgan on CNN. That transformed him into an advocate who spent much of his last two years posting about the dangers of smoking and COPD on social media.

Nimoy was aware of Julie and Davids plan to make a film. He gave his blessing. We thought he could narrate it, be a part of it, said Knight.

Everything changed, though, after Leonard Nimoys death in February 2015 at 83. When Julie and David saw the outpouring of sympathy and intense interest in Nimoy, we thought, lets not just focus on COPD, lets make it a celebration of his life, said Knight.

The Nimoy family.

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Remembering Leonard Nimoy became a family film, exploring the relationships Leonard Nimoy had with his second wife, Susan, his children, Adam and Julie, his stepson, and six grandchildren. There is, naturally, a deeper look at the intense bond Julie had with her father.

For many years, we had the same hobbies and likes, said Julie, who was 11 when Star Trek first aired in 1966 and her father became an unexpected international star.

The documentary explores what that was like for Julie, but she also makes clear that she knew Nimoy the actor far outside the Star Trek stage.

Leonard Nimoy loved the stage and, especially during the lean years in between the end of Star Trek the original series and the reboot of the Star Trek franchise on movie screens in 1979 spent years doing the summer stock circuit with him and her mom.

A poster for the documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy.

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He was involved in theater work throughout the country. I went with him and my mom to pretty much every state, remembered Julie.

Obviously, the film also explores Nimoys portrayal of Spock and how Julie witnessed the making of what is widely considered his most memorable Star Trek film scene.

Trained as a Chef and caterer, Julie Nimoy worked on the set of Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn and watched as they filmed Spocks famous death scene (spoiler: he comes back in Star Trek III).

I was there every day. [The documentary includes] my interpretations of my feelings on the set and the impact of that scene, said Julie.

Even though the documentary will satisfy Trek nerds, it may be a deeper and sadder journey than Adam Nimoys film (Adam serves as consulting producer on the Julies documentary).

It is an intimate look at his life and his passing. said Julie.

Left to right: Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Leonard Nimoy and Susan Bay.

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While they were never able to interview Leonard Nimoy for their documentary, the film does include footage from his last birthday on March 2014.

I shot it with my phone, she said, I did not know it would end up in my film.

The documentary chronicles Nimoys fast decline and his difficult decision to, when even the most aggressive therapies had failed, to decline further treatment.

Julie recalled that, by late 2014, the actor couldnt breathe without oxygen.

He made a decision about treatment, said Knight, Controlling his destiny.

While Leonard Nimoy was a private person, he did enjoy his retreats, activities (photography, piloting) and time with friends, much of which COPD took from him.

The disease may also be at the root of his break with Star Trek co-star and long-time friend William Shatner. In his own book about Nimoy, Shatner recounted how, in the last few years of Nimoys life, they lost touch. Shatner couldn’t pinpoint the root cause.

William Shatner (as Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (as Spock) on Star Trek VI.

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I honestly dont know, said Julie when I asked her if she had any insight into the rift. Both she and David were aware that Nimoy and Shatner had drifted apart, but, said Julie, her father didnt get into detail. She also noted how supportive Shatner has been of her efforts to complete and promote her documentary.

But then she added, It was really hard during last year and a half of [Leonards] life to be real social. He had this debilitating illness and found it very hard to breath, be active, and be around a lot of people.

Perhaps, Nimoy just retreated a bit from his world as COPD began to curtail his activities, including spending time at his beloved Lake Tahoe home. The 6,000 ft. of the elevation made breathing on his own virtually impossible. The disease, said Julie, took away pleasure.

Leonard Nimoy and Julie Nimoy on his boat at Lake Tahoe.

For as difficult as some of the subject matter is, Remembering Leonard Nimoy is also a celebration of his life and will offer fresh insight into the personal side of Leonard Nimoy. Julie promises video and photographs that no one has ever seen, as well as an interview with Susan Bay, whom Nimoy married in 1989. She opens up about what it was like, marriage, health, what it impacted, said Knight.

If nothing else, making the documentary, which airs this fall on PBS networks across the U.S. was a cathartic experience for its author, Julie Nimoy. It kept him close to me. It was good for me, she said, adding that it was also sad. There were a lot of hard moments looking back at all the old family photos and memories.

Ultimately, Remembering Leonard Nimoy could work on multiple levels. Its a permanent record of the bond between a father and daughter and a call to action for smokers and others susceptible to COPD. My goal is to continue my dads mission to create awareness around this disease, said Julie.

Bonus: Things you didn’t know about Star Trek

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