British comic actor Hugh Laurie was always a regular face on the BBC’s Comic Relief charity specials, and he went on to co-found the Band From TV, a charity musical group composed of TV stars. The band’s charity trust provides funding and resources to projects including the Pediatric Epilepsy Project, Save the Children and The Art of Elysium.
But as a sometime sufferer of clinical depression, Laurie’s charitable passion seems to be mental illness. Laurie and the supporting cast of House, in which he stars, are selling t-shirts featuring the screen psychologist’s truism “Everybody Lies”, and donating the profits to mental health charities. Laurie advertised these t-shirts by modelling them in a catwalk-like fashion.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a primary beneficiary, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life of mental illness sufferers, and to researching methods of prevention and, ultimately, cures for mental illnesses.
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