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Todd Fisher Encourages Kids With Mental Illnesses To Use Carrie Fisher As A 'Role Model'

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Todd Fisher continues to carry out his sister's legacy.

In honor of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, Debbie Reynolds' son partnered with the Child Mind Institute's new #MyYoungerSelf social media campaign to tell the story of Carrie Fisher's battle with bipolar disorder.

The 59-year-old opened up about what it was like for the late Star Wars actress growing up with a mental illness:

"When Carrie and I were growing up, we knew there was something going on with her. Her behavior got more and more extreme, everything seemed to be more difficult for her. She was struggling through something and was very alone. All she had was the support of her family."

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Eventually, Billie Lourd's mother was able to receive the medical help she needed — which led to all the incredible work she was able to accomplish throughout her long career.

Todd ended the inspiring video by encouraging children who may face similar obstacles to seek treatment:

"Without the help of her doctors and family and medication, I don't think we would have seen what we were seeing. To any child who's struggling today with mental health or a learning disorder, take a look at Carrie. Use her as your role model. Do not be afraid to ask for help. You're not alone, and treatment does work."

Watch the clip (below):

[Image via WENN/YouTube.]

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