Celebrities with Mental Illness : You’re Not Alone
We talked in a previous post about switching off from social media. Sometimes, celebrities and their lifestyles can make us feel inadequate which is not great for a positive mindset. However, despite having fame, money and all the clothes you could ever wish, fame is still pretty hard, and the glitz and glamour don’t compare to having a healthy, positive lifestyle.
The word ‘celebrity’ is often (especially nowadays), synonymous with the word ‘brand’. Often, a celebrity’s public persona is so heavily polished with their PR team, it’s hard to see the real person inside. Of course, everyone is entitled to privacy and does not need to share every detail about themselves, but some brave celebrities have dropped their defences, allowing us to see that there are real people behind the camera flashes and ‘gram game. Although it’s shame to see anyone suffering, this sharing mentality is a great way to shake off the stigma that still often hangs unpleasantly around mental health.
Did you know, one in four of us in the UK suffer from a mental health problem each year? Here are few examples of celebrities with mental illness who’ve been open about their struggles with their mental health:
- Ryan Reynolds has spoken at length about his intense anxiety during the filming of Deadpool
- Stormzy has been extremely open with his struggle with depression, trying to destigmatise the disease for young males
- Demi Lovato has had very high-profile battles with eating disorders and addiction, and has written poignant songs about her journey
- Ellie Goulding has shared her experiences of having CBT for her intense panic attacks
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stepping into 2019 I want to be more open, I want to be more open about the things I struggle with, and be able to be more vulnerable. I’m a 22 years old, and the truth is no matter how amazing life may look from the outside I struggle… I’m insecure, I’m fragile, I’m hurting, I have fears, I have doubts, I have anxiety, I get sad, I get angry. I have had more days than I can count where I’ve found myself scrolling through Instagram comparing myself, comparing my looks, feeling like I’m not good enough feeling like I lack so many things and really struggling to be confident in who I am because I constantly feel like I’m just not good enough. Every single day is a confidence battle for me. I’m not writing this for a pity party or for sympathy but just to simply say, I’m a human.. I’m a young woman, I’m learning who I am and, it’s REALLY FREAKING HARD. It’s hard finding who you are, but what’s even harder is being picked apart and compared to other women while trying to do that. There are days that I’m simply broken because of it. It would be incredible if other young girls and women could find it in themselves to lift each other up, to stop making other women who are struggling JUST LIKE THEM, feel incompetent and less than. We ALL have flaws, and that will never change. What I do know is, God made us individuals for a reason, with our own beauty, our own personalities, and our own story because there’s a specific plan and purpose for each and every human created and he makes no mistakes!! So this year I’m gonna do my very best to just be ME and be confident with who I am. Cause I am enough, and I’m loved, and you are enough and you’re loved.
Another high-profile person who’s inspired many with her openness is Justin Bieber’s new wife: Hailey Rhode Bieber. She said: “I’m insecure, I’m fragile, I’m hurting, I have fears, I have doubts, I have anxiety, I get sad, I get angry. I have had more days than I can count where I’ve found myself scrolling through Instagram, comparing my looks, feeling like I’m not good enough…every single day is a confidence battle for me.”
So, does all this openness help? Yes, according to research by Psychology Today, which says that high profile people who disclose their experiences with mental illness brings a positive light to health and wellness with data showing that more people seek help as a result of a celebrity’s disclosure.
Hailey Bieber ended with: “This year, I’m going to do my very best to just be ME and be confident with who I am. Because I am enough, and I’m loved. You are enough, and you’re loved.”
It’s so uplifting to see people with a strong public platform using their voices for raising awareness, inclusion and positivity. Mental health problems can strike at any time and it’s clear that they do not discriminate with regards to situation or status.
Are you surprised by any of these revelations? Is there any celebrity with mental illness you find particularly inspiring?
Ella in the Big City – She can be found with her head in a book or attempting to learn a new skill (some with more success than others!). Travelling is her second passion and she is constantly dreaming about her next far-flung destination.