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Bo Burnham on Growing Up with Anxiety

May 14, 2019

Bo Burnham Has Anxiety

Bo Burnham speaks up about growing up with anxiety as part of the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign to fight stigma for children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Help us give hope and end stigma by sharing Bo’s personal story.

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About Bo Burnham

Bo Burnham is an American comedian, musician, actor and filmmaker known for his YouTube videos (over 600 million views as of June 2022) and his debut feature film, Eighth Grade, which he wrote and directed.

Following his success as one of the earliest YouTube stars throughout the late 2000s, Burnham gained notability in the early 2010s for his satirical and subversive stand-up and musical comedy. He subsequently made four comedy albums with Comedy Central Records, released three comedy specials—Words, Words, Words (2010), what. (2013), and Make Happy (2016)—created and starred in the MTV mockumentary series Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous (2013), and published the poetry book Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone (2013). He announced a career shift away from performing comedy in 2016 before writing and directing the critically acclaimed drama film Eighth Grade (2018). He has also directed other comedians’ comedy specials, and co-starred in the Academy Award-winning comedy-thriller film Promising Young Woman (2020).

Burnham created and starred in his fourth special, Inside (2021), without a crew or audience during the COVID-19 pandemic; it was released by Netflix to widespread acclaim and was nominated in six categories at the 73rd Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, Outstanding Music Direction, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. At the 64th Grammy Awards, Inside was nominated for Best Music Film and Best Song Written for Visual Media, winning the latter. Three songs from the special appeared also on the Billboard charts and were certified gold in the United States, as was the accompanying album, Inside (The Songs).

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About the Child Mind Institute

About Us

Millions of children – as many as 1 in 5 – struggle with mental health or learning challenges. Fully 70% of U.S. counties do not have a single child and adolescent psychiatrist. Due to stigma, misinformation, and a lack of access to care, the average time between onset of symptoms and any treatment at all is over 8 years. Our children deserve better.

That’s why the Child Mind Institute was created.

We’re dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. We’ve become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

Together, we truly can transform children’s lives.

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Our Impact

At the Child Mind Institute, we advance children’s mental health through compassionate and uncompromising clinical care, a revolutionary approach to the science of the developing brain, and wide-reaching public education and community programs.

See the impact of the Child Mind Institute in these snapshots of how we are making change for communities and for individuals.

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The Child Mind Institute is providing far-reaching care, education, and science programs to millions of families around the world.

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