Today on his You Tube Channel, General Hospital’s Daytime Emmy winning actor, Maurice Benard (Sonny Cortinhos) has posted a very special message to his fans for their strong support about his latest storyline where Sonny has been off his meds for bipolar disorder, and encouraging people that if you see anyone with the signs or symptoms to get them the help they need!
Over the past several episodes. Sonny has really been on downward spiral which has also given viewers another wonderful opportunity to see some stellar performance from Benard, which come Emmy time, just could be in the running! It all started after his fiancee’ Connie was killed, and Sonny went off his meds and contemplated suicide, and from there his erratic behavior culminated in Monday’s episode where Sonny had a public meltdown at Kiki and Morgan’s Party.
In the video message Benard relates: ”I want to thank everybody for their support during this Sonny off his meds/bipolar storyline. It was pretty difficult but fun at the same time. Soaps do a really good job at bringing awareness to these kinds of causes because you can do it on a soap in real time. So, if you know anybody, who you think is suffering from any kind of mental illness, all you have to do is call your local mental health association. Some of the symptoms are racing thoughts, not sleeping, crying, anger, different things like that … a lot of things you saw Sonny doing on TV. But it’s very important that someone get treatment and get help, and with treatment and help you can live a productive life, as you see I have. I have been on my medication straight for 20 years and everything’s been fine. So thank you again, and on to the next!”
Watch Maurice’s message to his fans on his recent storyline below! Let us know what you thought of his performances and the thoughts conveyed in his video.