Demi Lovato is a crusader for mental health. She’s open about her issues with mental illness and has made it possible for people to come out of the shadows and speak candidly about their problems with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and many more mental health issues. Talking about mental illness benefits all of us. So many people stigmatize themselves because they don’t want to appear to be different from the rest of the world. In reality, one in five people live with a mental illness, so if you are struggling, you are not alone. The more that we discuss these issues, the better, and when high-profile people like celebrities discuss them, they normalize mental Illness.
Lovato believes in the power of therapy and counselling. However, she’s not the only one in the spotlight that brings awareness to how favourable mental health treatment is. Plenty of celebrities are on board with taking charge of your mental health. Jon Hamm is one of them. He talks openly about how therapy can help you feel more comfortable with yourself than ever. He’s spoken publicly about how going to counselling has helped him deal with life transitions, such as a break up from a romantic relationship, and more.
Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is another celebrity who talks candidly about her battle with depression and living with fibromyalgia. She’s well-known in the music industry amongst pop stars, rappers, and R&B singers for standing out with her charitable work. She has a nonprofit organization called the Born This Way Foundation, which she built to help young people advocate for themselves. She uses this company to help youth who are struggling with depression find their way. Gaga is a champion for mental health just like Lovato and Hamm. She has spoken openly in interviews about her mental health issues, and because of her large platform, this advocacy makes it easier for people to come out and express what they’re dealing with personally. It empowers people to reach out and get the help that they need.
Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a The Rock
Men are discouraged from expressing sadness or depression. Dwayne Johnson, also known as The Rock, has spoken openly about his battle with depression, making the world a more comfortable environment for other men to show what they’ve gone through in their lives. The Rock is an incredibly masculine figure, and it helps to see a man who embodies that stereotypical image that society imposes on men speak up about vulnerable subjects such as depression. The Rock is another champion for mental illness, and he is a fearless force in the face of adversity against men expressing vulnerability in this society.
What do all these celebrities have in common?
Each one of these individuals is advocating for mental health, mental health awareness, and counselling. You deserve to get the help that you need; it’s important to see a therapist or counsellor. Whether you’re a celebrity or an everyday person, everyone has problems. Counselling is a healthy and productive way to cope with these issues. Whether you see a counsellor in your local area or work with an online mental health professional, there are many ways that you can get help. These celebrities are showing us that anybody can suffer from mental health issues and mental illness. They demonstrate that people who have depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issues can get help by finding a counsellor that they can talk to and express themselves freely to in a session.
Counselling saves lives
Counselling is a powerful medium and can save people’s lives. Having somebody to talk to who is impartial is invaluable. Celebrities speaking candidly about their mental health are reminding us that we can talk about our problems openly with a therapist and get support. If you are struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Whether you see a counsellor who is in your local area or work with an online therapist, both are valid forms of mental health treatment. As long as you sought out help, that is all that matters.
Text: Marie Miguel. Marie has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.