Celebrities are watched around the world, idolized, and very often dehumanized. People see them as something to be consumed. They want to know their every thought and every move. Though this can in itself cause mental health disorders to develop, celebrities are also unique in that they have a very powerful platform to open up about them.
We need more discussion. We need for people to feel okay about seeking out help for their depression. We need for people to notice the symptoms of BSD and what to do about it. We need the whole world to be supportive and understanding so that we can collectively move forward.
Celebrities are the perfect mouthpieces to start this discussion amongst their fans, and here’s a roundup of some strong individuals who have done so:
Celebrities With Mental Health Disorders
Celebrities who speak out about their mental health are inspirations to us all because they are the ones that stir up the conversation and make it easier for others to admit they need help.
Michelle Williams suffers from chronic depression, but she has used her platform to speak out about the illness and supports others caring for themselves. She wants to lead by example, and has been an inspiration to us all.
For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your wellbeing. Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.
– Michelle Williams
Demi Lovato, who, along with other greats like Mariah Carey and Carrie Fisher, suffers from bipolar disorder.
I just think mental illness is something people need to learn more about. I want people to know it’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to have a mental illness.
– Demi Lovato
From Ryan Reynolds to Kurt Cobain, there are so many celebrities (happy and morose) who suffer from mental disorders. It is only when they speak up about their challenges that those around them know what is happening, which is why we all need to be more vocal in our mental health.
De-Stigmatizing Mental Health
Celebrities who are open and honest about mental health have brought a lot of attention to mental health. They have proven that it is okay to seek out help, and in some ways have even showcased the dangers of fame and constant surveillance. Take their cue and seek out help yourself if you suspect you suffer from a mental health disorder. Some, like a borderline personality disorder, can be very difficult to manage on your own. To start your recover, first read up about it on The Recovery Village, and if it does indeed sound like what you are suffering from contacting them and book an appointment immediately.
Mental health is not something only rich people get or poor people. It affects everyone, and it affects them in ways that are unique to them. Even if you know what is going on it can be very difficult to manage on your own, so seek out help just as these celebrities have.