Mental illness has been a trending topic over the last few years and I am all for talking about it. Bringing awareness to mental illness is such an important part of helping people to accept themselves and their illnesses without shame.
Many celebrities have been taking part in this essential movement, admitting to having been diagnosed with a mental illness and opening up about their experiences. I find it truly inspiring as many people look up to celebrities, and I believe that knowing your favourite celeb is facing the similar battles makes you feel less alone.
Here are a few of my favourite celebrities who have spoken out about their mental health battles and who are true mental health advocates:
Chrissy Teigen is not only an advocate for body positivity, but has also spoken out about her experience with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, Luna. Despite feeling uncomfortable about speaking out about her experience, she’s continued to be an advocate for mental health, highlighting the importance of seeking treatment.
“It’s like, what could be more important than mental health? What’s more important than being proud of yourself and doing the best you can for your body?”
— Chrissy Teigen
Ever since going public with her addiction, eating disorders, and bipolar diagnosis in 2011, Demi Lovato has been a vocal advocate for mental health.
In her documentary, Simply Complicated, Demi Lovato opened up more about her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, and addiction. After her recent drug overdose, her fans created the hashtag #HowDemiHelpedMe to share how Lovato inspired them with her candidness about her struggles.
“Mental health is something that we all need to talk about, and we need to take the stigma away from it. So let’s raise the awareness. Let’s let everybody know it’s OK to have a mental illness and addiction problem.”
— Demi Lovato
Dwayne Johnson opened up about his experience with depression on an episode of Oprah’s “Master Class.” At 23, Dwayne found himself living in his parents’ small apartment, battling depression. During the Master Class he spoke about the importance of knowing that “you are not alone” and shared a message with others who are dealing with mental health issues:
“Have faith that on the other side of your pain is something good.”
— Dwayne Johnson
Gabrielle Union filmed a video for the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign where she spoke about how she learned to live with her PTSD after being raped at gunpoint.
She is an advocate for seeking help and that in doing so it does not make you weak or less worthy of love or support or success.
“PTSD isn’t a death sentence. You don’t have to be alone or feel isolated. There are so many of us out there who are dealing with exactly what you’re dealing with and it doesn’t make you weak. It doesn’t make you anything but human.”
— Gabrielle Union
J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved Harry Potter series, has openly discussed her past struggles with depression. While in her 20s, after having a baby and going through a divorce, Rowling struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts and sought treatment. Not only has she openly discussed her struggles, but she has been extremely responsive to her fans on Twitter when they reach out for advice.
“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s there to be ashamed of? I went through a really tough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.”
— J.K. Rowling
This list reflects only a small portion of celebrities who are speaking out about mental health. However, I wanted to highlight the importance of celebrities opening up about mental illness because it can help break down the stigma and misconceptions surrounding these illnesses. Stigma is often the very thing that prevents people from seeking the help they need and deserve.