Conversations about mental health are never easy. They’re much harder when you’re a celebrity, and millions are hanging on to every word you say. But that sort of makes it all the more important to speak up.
In recent years, there has been a major shift in the way people have perceived mental health and seek help. Some of the credit for that goes to certain celebrities that have spoken candidly about their own struggles, encouraging those that look up to them to do the same.
Here are the few that have truly inspired us.
Dwayne Johnson — You’re Not the First… You’re Not Going to Be the Last
Dwayne Johnson’s struggle with depression is a true depiction of when life gives you lemons; you make lemonade. His struggle started when he was cut off from his football team after only two months. But while he was in a dark place for a bit, he now looks back at it positively and sees it as a push he needed toward his successful wrestling career. He emphasizes the importance of remembering that the depressed people club is a pretty large one, you’re not the first, and you won’t be the last, so it’s important to remember the light at the end of the dark tunnel.
Selena Gomez — This Makes Me Human
As a celebrity who started out pretty young and has practically grown up in the public eye, Selena’s professional journey has probably always been inspirational to her fans. But the fact that she opened up so candidly about her mental health struggles made her even more relatable for her fans. The star checked herself into a facility to get help, sending out the message that it’s okay to take a break and ask for help at times. She also received the 2019 Mclean Mental Health Advocacy Award a year after her treatment.
Prince Harry — Heads Together
It was 2017 when Prince Harry finally spoke up for the first time about how he felt, which was almost two decades after his mother’s death. His long tiresome battle against anxiety was surprising to many. Still, the fact that he came out of it and started a positive campaign related to the stigma around mental health—Heads Together—has been a very inspirational way to deal with it.
These celebrities’ struggles show that even the best of us need help sometimes, and it’s okay to reach out for that help. Prince Harry, Selena Gomez, and countless others felt no shame in reaching out to professionals, and neither should you.
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