Fans share mental illness stories #InHonorOfCarrie

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Century City, CA. Actress & author Carrie Fisher will be one of the judges on Fox's reality competition "On the Lot" which sought submissions from aspiring filmmakers, selecting 50 to appear on the show. These semi–finalists will discover the magic of moviemaking when they are brought to Los Angeles to visit a real–life film set for the first time and must endure a rigorous Hollywood Boot Camp, says the Fox website. Carrie Fisher, one of the judges talks about the movie biz, and, perhaps, the show for a sunday Q&A at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Carrie Fisher’s death has inspired a flood of tributes on her openness about her struggle with mental illness. Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

“I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that,” Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday at age 60, told ABC in a 2000 interview. “I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on.”

Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter, was perhaps as well known as an advocate for mental illness as she was for her iconic role as Princess Leia from “Star Wars.” In the hours since her death, fans have shared a flood of tributes on social media and elsewhere, commenting on her openness in her personal struggle with mental illness and her lifelong efforts to chip away at the stigma.

Many shared their own personal stories, often using the hashtag: #InHonorOfCarrie.

Here’s a look at some of those Tweets, personal accounts and video clips of Fisher herself.

Josh Barajas contributed to this story. 

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