It’s one thing for a celebrity to advocate for mental health awareness and education; it’s quite another for a celebrity to advocate for the use, or nonuse, of certain mental health treatments, which is what some folks in the mental health world feel actor John Travolta did when he told CNN that his way of thinking about psychiatry and psychiatric medicines lines up with the stances taken by Tom Cruise and Travolta’s religion, Scientology.
In other words, psychiatry and medicine are no good.
Folks involved in the mental health world might be quick to lash out at Travolta for having this opinion. Fighting the Darkness, a PsychCentral.com member blog, points out that these celebrities are speaking out about “treating an illness they have never experienced and have no real education about.”
This is a slippery turf, though, I think.