10 Celebrities Who Are Bringing Awareness To Mental Health
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10 Celebrities Who Are Bringing Awareness To Mental Health

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10 Celebrities Who Are Bringing Awareness To Mental Health

When it comes to mental illness, it's easy to feel like you are in the dark and hide it. With the stigma so prevalent, getting help may seem miles away when it's sometimes just a few words away. With help from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and other foundations and initiatives, these uncomfortable, but necessary, conversations are becoming easier.

Often times, the stigma against mental illness arises due to lack of understanding. Many celebrities have been impacted through their journeys whether it be early on in their career, or a battle they continue to face. They summoned the courage to step forward and reveal their most vulnerable parts in order to bring change. Change in how they perceive their mental health and how we, as a society do.

Sharing their experiences and even advocating for positive mental health has opened the floor for many essential conversations and changes that need to occur. Mental health should be treated with the same authenticity as physical health and these celebrities are assisting in bringing change to how we perceive it. Not only are they bringing awareness, but through their bravery and with their moving words they are inspiring countless people.

Here are 10 celebrities using their platform to make a huge impact.

1. Logic

Logic's hit song "1-800-273-8255" is so much more than a catchy tune. The lyrics are raw and touch on emotions that we habitually conceal from others. He is a musician determined to bring change to the culture of mental health and has made huge strides already. Logic shows that you are not alone in feeling the way that you do and that there ways to get help.

AFSP CEO released this statement upon the release of the song:

"The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s calls increased by nearly 50 percent. This was no coincidence. To have an artist and musician like Logic write about depression and advocate for suicide prevention is helping to create a culture that’s smart about mental health and suicide prevention."

2. Demi Lovato

Demi has many causes that she's passionate about, including mental health. Living with bipolar disorder, she does not let it define her. Just months ago, she officially became the mental health ambassador for Global Citizen, which is a platform that uses social media to bring forth social change.

Additionally, for her upcoming tour, she is partnering with CAST Centers to offer free mental health sessions for each of the dates.

"I think that it's important for me to use my voice for more than just singing. I just know how important it is to use my platform to help others and to share my story in hopes that it inspires people to either get into recovery or better themselves. Whatever it is, I just want people to know they're not alone and I'm here for them."

3. Kesha

Kesha fought many battles during her entanglement with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald. She faced depression and anxiety which she bravely overcame. Through her voice and music, she continues to show love even in the darkest of times.

“Finding the strength to come forward about those things is not easy. But maybe, by telling my story, I can help someone else going through tough times.”

4. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

Years back, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson opened up about the depression he faced in his 20's and gave an uplifting message about how he overcame it. More recently on Instagram, he reflected on his mother's suicide attempt as well as how suicide impacts us all.

He concluded the post with words of encouragement:

"We always gotta do our best to really pay attention when people are in pain. Help ‘em thru it, get ‘em talkin’ about the struggle and remind ‘em that they’re not alone."

5. Gabourey Sidibe

"Empire" actress and Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe shares her uphill mental health journey in her memoir, "This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare." Upon telling her mother that she was depressed, she faced everyone's greatest nightmare; her mother laughed and brushed it off. She propelled through adversity to courageously share her experience with others also in similar situations.

"When it’s too big for me to just turn around on my own, I see a therapist. I see a therapist anyway. We all should see a therapist. If only for the hour a week that you can talk about yourself and not worry about monopolizing the conversation?"

6. Selena Gomez

The media we intake can often make it appear that the mental health struggles celebrities face have been overcome and that there is no struggle behind the scenes. Selena has been very open with discussing her mental health and brings light to the fact that well-being is something we should all be mindful of.

"I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome...I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else."

7. Tyler Posey

Through Seize the Awkward, Tyler Posey shared his experience with depression and how he engages with friends who are going through it. He gives strength to those who have difficulty saying something is wrong or may not know what to say.

8. Lili Reinhart

"Riverdale" actress became aware of just how important mental health is when it began to impact her physical health. She took the courageous step of asking for help. She mentions that mental health is not discussed in school, so taking this step made her feel as though something was wrong with her.

9. Devon Murray

"Harry Potter" actor Devon Murray revealed that he had been suffering from depression for over a decade in a series of tweets on Mental Health Awareness Day. He recalled his lowest moment and shared how he opened up to get the help he needed, giving other's the strength to talk about mental health and illness.

"I'm so happy that from me opening up it helped so many of you find the strength to.We are all loved and cared about by those around us #talk."

10. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has always been outspoken and mental health is no exception. She openly shares her experience having PTSD. Through Born This Way Foundation, she seeks to spread kindness and awareness. During her Joanne tour, she partnered with National Council for Behavioral Health to bring training in how to identify signs of mental illness and provide resources.

"The kindness that’s shown to me by doctors as well as my family, and my friends, it’s really saved my life.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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