Even in death Carrie Fisher is an advocate for mental health

Carrie Fisher was taken from us too soon in the final days of 2016. The actress, best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, spoke openly about her struggles with bipolar disorder and addiction during her life. Now that advocacy continues—her ashes are being kept in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill.

“I am mentally ill,” she said in an interview with ABC news. “I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”

Just a month before her death, The Guardian published an advice column where Fisher continued to speak out about living with mental illness.

We have been given a challenging illness, and there is no other option than to meet those challenges. Think of it as an opportunity to be heroic – not “I survived living in Mosul during an attack” heroic, but an emotional survival. An opportunity to be a good example to others who might share our disorder. That’s why it’s important to find a community – however small – of other bipolar people to share experiences and find comfort in the similarities

Her brother, Todd Fisher, explained the choice of urn in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.

Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill. She loved it, and it was in her house, and [her daughter] Billie [Lourd] and I felt it was where she’d want to be. We couldn’t find anything appropriate. Carrie would like that. It was her favorite thing, and so that’s how you do it.

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