We all know and love him on General Hospital as Sonny Corinthos but in his regular everyday life, Maurice Benard has been struggling with mental illness for years. In fact, Maurice Benard has bipolar disorder. It seems that maybe the death of Kristoff St. John has gotten a lot of people thinking about mental health. Benard went online and decided he would write something on his social media pages in regard to mental health. He went on Facebook after he saw a poster discussing how many people have mental illnesses, and then he decided to expand the Facebook post.
‘General Hospital’ Spoilers: Maurice Benard (Sonny Corinthos) Speaks Up About Mental Illness
Maurice said that he was suffering with bipolar disorder and has been for the past thirty years. He discussed how he was always able to get the help that he needed from a loving and caring family. He was in an institution for two weeks because of his illness. He talked about being on medication, forgetting incidents that happened, and going to the hospital to be taken care of there. He told his fan to keep an eye out for any signs of bipolar or other mental illnesses.
I saw this post from NAMI today and just had to speak about it…I’ve been struggling with mental illness for over 30…
“I saw this post from NAMI today and just had to speak about it…
I’ve been struggling with mental illness for over 30 years and I understand how difficult and unbearable this illness can be.
Fortunately, I’ve always been one to seek help, stay on my medication and I’ve always had a family who truly love me and supported me no matter what.
I’ve seen way too much heartache in the last 30 years we have to understand this is not just the “oh he’s just going through something” or “oh he’s just a little crazy right now” illness. This is the ‘oh he or she is not with us anymore’ disease.
I don’t know the fix it. I wish I did. All I know is we all have to keep our eyes, ears and our hearts open to the signs.”
We are very proud of Maurice, he has beaten many barriers out of his his way. He is very successful and productive even though he suffers from mental illness. Benard is also a mental health advocate and wants more people to get involved with mental health. Benard said that his family has always been very supportive of him and that his wife has been a huge support for him to get through all of his “mania” moments. Throughout all of their problems, and his mania, his wife discussed how she has never ever thought about leaving Maurice the entire marriage, she said she would never do that to him, no matter what. She understands that the moods, anger, mania, violence, is all a part of his disorder.
Maurice Benard has shown everyone that he is very strong and courageous. He has a willingness to keep on going throughout his illness, is amazing. He has a great support system and an amazing actor. He is truly an admirable human being and he is extremely strong to speak up for mental illness, instead of being secretive and quiet about it. Watch Maurice Benard weekdays on GH.