7 celebrities share their mental health stories
When celebrities share their struggles with mental health, it reminds us that anyone can experience challenges.
Celebrity #1: Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has been very open about her experience with bipolar disorder, addiction, self-injury, an eating disorder and more. Demi told People, “If you know someone or if you’re dealing with it yourself, just know that it is possible to live well. I’m living proof of that.” Remember, recovery from an eating disorder and more is possible with professional help and support from friends and family.
Celebrity #2: Alisha Boe
Alisha Boe, who plays Jessica Davis on 13 Reasons Why, has spoken about mental health and depression. “Depression is something that’s kind of followed me my whole life,” she said in a recent radio interview. Alisha found help in a good support system and being able to talk to her mom. If you’re struggling with your mental health, speaking to a safe adult can help you feel listened to and decide on next steps.
Celebrity #3: Lilly Singh
With over 12 million subscribers, Lilly Singh (a.k.a. Superwoman) is one of the most popular YouTubers in Canada. Lilly talked about her battle with severe depression in detail when she created a “Draw My Life” video in 2013. “I eventually learned to talk about my feelings, create healthy relationships and most importantly, to love myself. It became my goal to take all the pains of depression and transform those pains into lessons and tools I could use to better my life,” she said. Remember, it’s OK to feel sad from time to time, but if you’re feeling upset all of the time, it’s important to get help.
Celebrity #4: J.K. Rowling
Depression is a common illness that’s just as real as a physical condition. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling used her experience with depression and thoughts of suicide as inspiration for her fantasy series. Speaking with Oprah Winfrey, she confirmed that the dementors in the books are a metaphor for depression and said, “Sadness is not a bad thing — to cry and to feel. Depression is that really hollowed out feeling. And it was because of my daughter that I got help.”
Celebrity #5: Lady Gaga
“Born This Way” singer Lady Gaga has written about living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In an open letter on her foundation’s website, she said, “After five years of searching for the answers to my chronic pain and the change I have felt in my brain, I am finally well enough to tell you. There is a lot of shame attached to mental illness, but it’s important that you know that there is hope and a chance for recovery.” Are you dealing with an anxiety disorder like PTSD? If so, it’s important to know recovery is possible, especially if you have the right information on how to cope.
Celebrity #6: Zayn Malik
Singer Zayn Malik has coped with panic attacks, anxiety and disordered eating. In his book, Zayn, the former One Direction member wrote, “Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day.” If you’re struggling with anxiety, Kids Help Phone’s Breathing Balloon tool can help you relax your body and mind.
Celebrity #7: Alayna Fender
Canadian YouTuber Alayna Fender has been sharing her stories about anxiety, being a member of the LGBTQ community and more since 2012. Her video, “10 Tips for a Bad Day (for actual everyday humans)” is a must-watch. If you’re experiencing anxiety and/or panic attacks, it’s important to remember that they’re both common and there are ways to cope.
From Demi Lovato to Zayn Malik, we hope these celebrity stories remind you that mental and emotional health is an important part of everyone’s well-being. It’s OK to share your feelings and get help if you need it.
Kids Help Phone would like to thank Nazanin, Kieran, Kali, Rachel, Darren, Ash, Albert and all the other young people who contributed to this article.