EPISODE #74: Lisa Jakub Embraces Her “Weird” – You Can, Too

Guest: Lisa Jakub, Author, Mental-wellness Advocate, Podcast Host, Yoga Instructor

If you recognize her face or name, it could be for a plethora of reasons. The accomplished author, mental-wellness advocate, speaker, podcast host, and yoga instructor is known for normalizing mental health by telling her story. She also acted for 18 years, starting at the age of 4 and bowing out of show-biz altogether at 22. To see Lisa Jakub as Lydia Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire or Alicia Casse in Independence Day, you would never suspect that she has been dealing with panic attacks, anxiety, and depression since the age of 11. That’s why she stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight and chose to shine light on her own mental health – she wanted to show others who struggle with mental illness that it’s okay to be vulnerable and not feel ashamed of their diagnosis. In other words, it’s okay to be “weird.”

In this episode of “Mental Health Matters,” Lisa Jakub and Executive Director Tom Duff, LCSW talk about why Lisa “wouldn’t be me without the anxiety.” And why, even though mental health and mental illnesses present challenges, they can also create great successes. As someone whose story is familiar to an estimated 16 million people in the U.S. who “struggle with depression – and I include myself in that statistic,” Lisa knows that mental health is “real, and it’s not shameful, and there is help available. You can bring it to the light, you can tell the truth, you can go to a meeting, you can reach out to a friend. None of us are alone.” So go ahead…embrace your “weird.”