There’s a veil of secrecy surrounding mental illness, despite the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Americans will experience symptoms at some point in their lives. A sense of isolation is common among people with psychological conditions, and they often feel a lack of compassion and understanding regarding their mental health.
Negative stereotypes lead to the stigma surrounding mental health and prevent people from seeking help. Mental health issues can strike anyone at any time regardless of factors like gender or social status.
Here are a few celebrities who have shed light on their struggles with mental health.
Cara Delevingne recently opened up about her struggle with depression, through a series of tweets. She explained her need to take a break from the fashion industry after her meteoric rise to fame as a model and fashion icon. At the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Cara spoke about her struggles as a teenager and the intense pressure she put on herself. Her low point came when she didn’t want to go on living and contemplated suicide. Fortunately, her family and friends came to her rescue, and she got the help she needed.
Shane Dawson is one of the biggest stars on YouTube with millions of followers. He’s well known for his hilarious comedy sketches and collaborations. What some people may not be aware of is that he struggles with depression and body dysmorphia. He talks about his experiences and shares his mental health journey through his vlogs. Shane is a great advocate for mental health and has helped many others struggling with the same issues.
Hayden Panettiere was hit with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter in December 2014. She recently spoke out about her struggles. She shed light on the fact that postpartum depression is something a lot of women suffer from. It does not necessarily mean having negative feelings toward your child, and a broad spectrum of experiences fall under postpartum disorders. By bringing awareness to this, she hopes that other women realize that they’re not alone.
Zoe Sugg, better known as Zoella, is arguably the biggest star of the blogging and YouTube world. Speaking out about her own mental health issues has always been a part of her YouTube journey. Back in 2012, she addressed her troubles with anxiety and how it has affected her life. Since then, Zoe has become an ambassador for mental health and hopes to put an end to the stigma surrounding it.
While it might not be a big deal to everyone to have celebs reveal their struggle with mental health, it might save someone you know by knowing that they’re not alone. Hopefully the stigma of depression, and mental health in general, will disappear in time as more people reveal their struggles.
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