Celebrity Selfie


  • 10 minutes of class time
  • student internet access

How it Works

Offer the following optional assignment to the class (for extra credit if applicable):

  • Search online for the story of a well-known person who shared about their own experience with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder or anxiety disorder.
    • Here are some recent examples from BuzzFeed.
  • Write a one-paragraph summary of their story – a verbal “selfie.”
  • Read the paragraph aloud to the class, and lead a discussion about it.


  • Addresses misconceptions and stigma about mental illness head on, with memorable examples that resonate with students.
  • Encourages students to investigate on their own, and to advocate to reduce stigma.

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