05/06/2015 11:54 am ET Updated May 05, 2016

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Mariel Hemingway on Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and tonight I'm joined by Mariel Hemingway, one of the nation's leading advocates for mental health awareness and suicide prevention programs. The Academy Award-nominated actress and bestselling author is out with two new books that focus on mental health issues: Invisible Girl, written for teenaged readers, and her personal memoir titled Out Came the Sun.

Mariel, the granddaughter of famed author Ernest Hemingway, comes from a family with highly publicized cases of mental illness, addiction and suicide. In the clip below, she shares how she has been able to overcome that perceived "legacy."

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