Conversations about the importance of mental health have slowly come into the limelight in recent years. Part of this is due to a better understanding of what exactly mental health is, and part of this is because more and more people are opening up about their personal experiences with mental health.
This includes some of our most prominent celebrities who are using their platforms to do more than just promote their selfies. Whether it’s brought up on social media or in an interview, here are 10 celebrities who are finding their own ways to elevate the conversation about mental health.
“This thing was built up in my head a lot… I’m like, ‘OK, this is going to be the next party, I’ve been working hard on this.’ It was really very difficult, and then I said: ‘This is unfair to me, [and] it’s unfair [my wife] Emil. I can no longer handle my work this way. Some s*** needs to change.’ So with a lot of purpose, I started counseling.”
Earlier this week in an appearance on the “Inside of You With Michael Rosenbaum” podcast, actor Kumail Nanjiani revealed that he began receiving therapy after seeing negative reviews of his film. Eternalin 2021. Years later, he admits he still has work to do, but therapy has been essential to keeping his mental health in check.
“The other thing that I think has happened in my life that is significant is that I joined a 12-step program 18 years ago to get sober. I did a lot of practice talking about my flaws, my failures, my fears. It is a unique experience because it was always received with understanding, without judgment, compassion, [and] the unity. I don’t know how you can get those hours of practice without it.”
Along with his wife Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard has been a long-time vocal advocate for mental health and uses his podcast “The Armchair Expert” to dive deeper into the issues they face. people in their daily lives. The actor has been open about his struggles with alcohol addiction, even being vulnerable about enrolling in a substance abuse program and navigating a recent relapse.
“The first thing that brought me to my knees, the first time I got down on my knees and prayed to a power greater than myself to say, ‘I can’t do this, I need help,’ was with my anxiety disorder. eating. .”
In her memoirs, Thicker than water, actress Kerry Washington spoke for the first time about her battle with eating disorders and suicidal thoughts. Speaking in Good morning America with Robin Roberts, Washington revealed that she turned to God to help her find a way out of her struggle.
“Children use my songs as hugs. Songs about depression or suicide or being completely against yourself – some adults think that’s bad, but I think seeing someone else feel as terrible as you does is comforting. It’s a good feeling.”
Eilish is known to most of the world for her soulful and catchy pop songs, but her fans know her for her honest and raw conversations about her struggles with her mental health. From body dysmorphia to depression to Tourette syndrome, Eilish doesn’t shy away from the fact that life isn’t always perfect.
“I would just encourage people, like, ‘Hey, if you’re feeling lonely, talk about it. Say it out loud.’ There is a freedom in it. I could have avoided a lot of pain.”
Bieber has put a massive focus on his mental health in recent years, opening up about his battle with anxiety and drug addiction. And now he’s encouraging fans to get the help they need. On his recent tour, Bieber partnered with multiple organizations that focus on a variety of topics including mental health. He eventually canceled his tour after a few months to focus on his mental health.
“I’ve been suffering from depression for about five or six years now. My biggest challenge: Getting out of bed and out of the house – and how to learn to love yourself.”
of Game of Thrones The actress shared on Dr.’s podcast. Phil that she struggled with anxiety and depression related to her appearance while filming the hit HBO show. Through therapy and medication, Turner has finally grown to a place where she has learned to love herself and hopes that by sharing her story others can do the same.
“My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started having panic attacks right before going on stage, or right after leaving the stage.”
The singer/actress/entrepreneur is no stranger to stress. After years of struggling with anxiety and depression, Gomez opened up about her struggles, including how quitting social media helps alleviate her stress. Last year, Gomez launched Wondermind, an online therapy resource to help others get the information and tools they need. And in 2022, she released a documentary about her mental health journey on Apple TV+, Selena Gomez: My mind and me.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“I got to a point where I didn’t want to do anything or go anywhere. I cried constantly.”
There’s no doubt that Johnson has spent some time working on his physical health, but in 2018, the wrestler-turned-actor revealed that he’s been doing a lot of work on his mental health as well. Johnson revealed that he has been struggling with depression for years and that he has worked with his mother, who also struggles with depression, to get the help she needs.