Actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry is the first guest on a new web series created by Norwich City and War Paint For Men called ‘Challenging Stereotypes’.
Stephen Fry joined City legend Darren Eadie and War Paint founder Danny Gray for an honest, in-depth chat about all things mental health.
Fry has previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and he spoke candidly about his experiences, current attitudes in society to mental health and also how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the thoughts and emotions of people around the world.
The former Norwich City director is the first of four guests in a series where the Canaries and club partner War Paint have teamed up to break down the stigmas surrounding mental health by sparking a conversation.
Fry sat down with Eadie and Gray at Carrow Road, the home of Norwich City, for an insightful half an hour discussion which can be viewed here.
Discussing his own journey in the first episode of the ‘Challenging Stereotypes’ series, Stephen Fry said: “There's a recognition that courage and bravery, which are supposedly a manly quality, comes from people who admit their flaws. There’s nothing brave about saying I am very strong and fast and I am good at football, that’s just boasting, it’s not brave. But brave is saying I have weaknesses, I have fears, I have a secret… that’s courage.”
Mental health is a subject close to War Paint For Men founder Danny Gray, who suffers from body dysmorphia. The aim of his company is to help men feel confident in their skin and break stigmas around make-up being exclusively for women.
“When you talk about it, you start to feel better. The first step is always the hardest, to admit you have a problem. Once you do that, you learn to deal with it. It’s never going to go away for me, but I have learned to manage it," he said.
Canaries legend Darren Eadie played 204 matches for the club between 1993 and 1999 and has also suffered with mental health problems since being forced into an early retirement.
“Since I’ve opened up about my issues, people I’ve known for years who I didn’t know were struggling have come forward to say they have suffered and suffered in silence because they didn’t speak to anyone. This needs to change," added Eadie.