Millions of people worldwide struggle with some sort of mental illness, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Many people who previously felt embarrassed or scared to speak up due to the stigma of mental illness have finally allowed their voice to be heard and shared their story. This life isn’t easy, and no one should be shamed for their mental health struggles just because someone else doesn’t understand it.
If you ever feel like you can’t get help for a mental illness, just look to these celebrities for inspiration. They are ending the stigma of mental illness and encouraging others to speak up, because you’re worth it.
Here are 11 celebrities who are ending the stigma of mental illness:
1. Demi Lovato
Perhaps one of the biggest advocates for mental health among celebrities, Demi has been very candid about her struggles with addiction, bipolar disorder, and eating disorders.
2. Mariah Carey
Mariah also has bipolar disorder and sought and received treatment for it after many years of struggling.
3. Jared Padalecki
Star of the hit series Supernatural, Jared lives with major depression and is an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.
4. Shawn Mendes
Shawn struggles with anxiety, which actually inspired his latest song ‘In My Blood.’
5. J.K. Rowling
Author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling has been very open about her battle with depression.
6. Angelina Jolie
Angelina had a very traumatic upbringing and has struggled with mental illness most of her life.
7. Russell Brand
Russell has spoken up about his battle with bulimia and addiction and stresses that “the system is not working.”
8. Michael Phelps
Phelps dealt with anxiety and depression for most of his life, recently speaking out about his struggles.
9. Lady Gaga