Being open and honest about mental health struggles is tough, especially with the stigma surrounding mental health. It’s easy to feel alone and ashamed to get the help that you need.
If you’re struggling with mental illness or just wanting to get more educated keep reading about these celebs’ experiences with mental health and how they work to overcome it.
1. Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has been an open mental health advocate for a long time now, but it was just recently that she opened up about her own personal struggles.
She opened up during an interview with Miley Cyrus where she talked about how she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She also discussed the negative stigma that comes with speaking up about mental health, and how she feels that going to therapy helped her immensely.
She also talked about how where she’s from it’s not a known thing to talk about mental health, it’s sort of something you hide and keep to yourself. A lot of people go through that, but she thinks it’s better to get it out in the open and remove the negative stigma.
2. Bebe Rexha
Bebe Rexha struggles with bipolar disorder just like Selena Gomez and so many others in the world. She explained that she couldn’t understand herself before she got her diagnosis and that she wishes she would have gotten diagnosed sooner.
She had intense highs and lows and she couldn’t figure out why, or how to cope. Many people refrain from going to the doctor to get a diagnosis because of the negative mental health stigma. Bebe’s story shows us how important it is to be honest with yourself and get the help you need.
3. Chrissy Teigen
This one is for all my mommies out there suffering from postpartum depression. This is a very sensitive mental illness struggle that’s honestly very vulnerable, a lot of women tend to feel ashamed of this but the stigma needs to be removed.
Chrissy Teigen opened up about her mental health struggles with postpartum. She explained how it took a toll on her mentally and physically and how she doesn’t think it’s talked about enough. She also talked about how it’s such a huge part of women’s lives and nobody ever talks about it, she wants to break those barriers.
4. Taraji P. Henson
Taraji is an open advocate for mental health and that’s very largely due to her own personal journey with it. She even started The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to help end the stigma around mental illness.
She believes that the stigma is due to the fact that people just aren’t talking about it enough. She believes that the more people talk about it, the more normalized it’ll become, and the easier it’ll be to live freely.
5. Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner has been very outspoken about her many mental health struggles which include an eating disorder, anxiety, and depression. A lot of the time many mental illnesses go hand in hand with each other.
She talks about how she was always hyper-aware of her body at a very young age which started unhealthy eating habits. This then triggered her anxiety and depression, just like it does for so many others.
She contributes herself to getting better and learning to love herself partly to therapy, and partly to her husband Joe Jonas. She is living proof that having a strong support system and being open about your struggles can be a great help.
6. Shawn Mendes
Shawn Mendes opened up about how important it was to be honest with himself, and others about his mental health. He suffers from anxiety and he even wrote his hit song “In My Blood” about it. He talks about how the pressures he has surrounding him caused his anxiety, and he has to remember that it’s something that we all go through at some point.
7. Billie Eilish
Billie Eilish not only talks about her own mental health struggles but mainly the importance that speaking up has. If you feel yourself struggling it’s so important to get help and to realize that getting help is courageous and strong.
8. Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik has opened up about his struggles with anxiety and an eating disorder, especially when he was younger. At the beginning of his career, he talked about how he wouldn’t eat for days on end and how that negatively impacted him.
He also talked about how the pressures of his career especially at such a young age contributed to him developing anxiety. He also expressed how leaving behind the things that were stressing him was one of the best decisions of his life, and he recommends that to anyone struggling.
9. Lady Gaga
Another mental illness that doesn’t get talked about very often is post-traumatic stress disorder. Lady Gaga suffers from it fairly severely due to her being raped at a young age.
She also explained how she feels there’s a lot of shame attached to mental illness and she wants to inspire people to know that there’s always hope.
10. Kid Cudi
In 2016, Kid Cudi put his mental health struggles all out on the table. He talked about how he suffers from severe depression and that it even gives him suicidal urges. Suicidal thoughts are extremely stigmatized and a lot of people don’t know how to go about approaching that.
People like Kid Cudi talk about how sometimes it just happens and we shouldn’t be ashamed of that. But it’s always important to know that your life is worth it and that you deserve happiness and a chance at peace.
11. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell suffers from depression and anxiety. She talked about how they are things that can affect anybody at any time no matter where they’re at in their life. It’s important to not be ashamed and to get the help you need.
Kesha wrote a personal letter to help people that struggle with mental health during the holiday season. She wrote about how the holidays are meant to be a happy and cheerful time, and for some people, it is the most depressing time of the year. She urges us to all be aware of the things people are going through during the holidays season specifically.
Kesha also openly has struggled with an eating disorder and has since recovered.
13. Emma Stone
Emma Stone has been open about her experience with anxiety, and her love for therapy on many occasions. She spoke about how hard everything was before she started going to therapy and being honest with herself and her struggles.
14. Lili Reinhart
Lili Reinhart recently took to Twitter to speak about her struggles with depression. She talks about how at the peak of her career she was going through the worst depression of her life. Nobody could tell how much she was struggling. She talks about how she could easily disguise herself to seem happy.
She has since worked through it and is doing much better at the moment, thankfully.
15. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has been an outspoken advocate for bulimia, bipolar disorder, and addiction. Body image is a common cause for many mental health issues to spiral. So is addiction, and Demi has had a very public battle with that.
Demi Lovato talked about their struggle in full detail in their documentary “Beyond Silence”. They work on recovering everyday, and they admit that it isn’t always easy. They have one of the most realistic struggles, especially because in the documentary we got to see them go through their highs and lows.
Mental health is never a straight line. Some days are better than others, and Demi shows that realness.
What are some of your mental health struggles, and which celebrity do you relate to the most? Let us know down in the comments below!
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