Note: The following article focuses on a number of topics, including suicide, that some readers may be inquistified.
In an interview with The Big Issue magazine, David Harbour discusses his mental health issues and finding fame later in life.
At the age of 26, the actor was diagnosed with bipolar disorder "after a confrontation that landed [him] in an institution," which he believes is a common result of living in poverty.
"I have always been in and out of the system. And there were times in my life when I might have ended myself on the streets, but I luckily had a family who could [help] me.
He emphasized that the social prejudice posed by mental illness can be linked back to lack of financial success.
"It''s not like a broken leg." "Scottish self-defence" is socially unacceptable, but it''s very socially unacceptable to have enough money to live on.
Harbour had previously discussed his struggles with mental health and alcoholism, with the latter becoming so violent he envisaged contemplating going on his own life.
Harbour learned a lot about how he found fame later in life and how to navigate it all.
"I was diagnosed at the age of 35 and in my mind, I''d been fairly successful," Harbour said. "I could pay the rent on an apartment, have food on the table, and I was very pleased about that."
And then Stranger Things happened, and it made Harbour a profoundly overnight sensation. It even ended up giving him a role as the Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"It was different from what I''ve ever experienced in my career," Harbour said. "One by one I started receiving tons of text messages saying: "Stranger Things is amazing, I love this show!" I''ve never experienced it before or since. It was a magical moment. I was unaware that the reviews and numbers had not come in, but I knew at that point it was something special that really touched people."
Season 4 of Stranger Things will be released in two parts, with the first on Netflix between May 27 and July 1. Part 1 is now available.
If you''ve been affected by the issues discussed in this book, your local authority is Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Mental health.gov is encouraged for children in the United States to visit the site.