14 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Their Mental Health


About one in five adults are effected bymental illness in the United States every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Thats 43.8 million people.

And one in 25 people have a mental illness that interferes with anactivity in their daily life, which is about 9.8 million people.

Someof your favorite celebrities are among those numbers, working toward bettering their mental health, just like the rest of us.

Here are a few celebrities whohave opened up their platforms to create awareness, de-stigmatize mental illnesses and encourage others who are struggling.

1.Prince Harry


Prince Harry revealed during an episode of The Telegraphs podcast, Mad World, thatlosing his mother took a toll on him that he didnt deal with until 20 years after her death. He struggled with aggression, grief and anxiety at public appearances.

The prince took up boxing and therapyas a part of his healing process. Hesays of his counseling visits,

The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually youre part of quite a big club.

Ive now been able to take my work seriously, and take my private life seriously, as well, and be able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference.

Invictus would have never gotten off the ground if I hadnt dealt with all that stuff beforehand.

2. KeKe Palmer


The actress and singer wrote aboutdealing with depression and anxiety in her book, I Dont Belong To You: Quiet The Noise & Find Your Voice. She wrote about how therapy and self-care rituals like meditating helped her to reach a healthier place.

Palmer has recently joined the Child Mind Institute initiative alongside other celebs like Lena Dunham, Emma Stone and NFL player, Brandon Marshall.

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Day 7 of #MyYoungerSelf: Keke Palmer realized she had anxiety and depression when she was 15 years old. In this video, Keke tells her younger self to be patient and give herself time to become more in tune with herself. #SpeakUpForKids

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In the PSA video, she says,

We all have our trials and errors with different things in our lives. Everything is not the end of the world. I realized, as I got older, I would love to have told myselfthat.

Give yourself some time. Be patient with yourself and youll learn how to cope with these different things. As long as youre able to acknowledge them, as long as youre able to consciously be aware of them, you can move past them.

3. Beyonc

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The pop icon takesbreaks from music just to reconnect with the world. She often spendsthe timemoshing at Jay Z concerts,slidingdown the Great Wall of Chinaor hitting up museums.

During an interview with The Sun, she revealed that she takes time off because her career takes such a toll on her mind.

She said,

I couldnt even tell which day or which city I was at. I would sit there at ceremonies and they would give me an award and I was just thinking about the next performance. My mother was very persistent and she kept saying that I had to take care of my mental health.

She also told Elle magazine in a 2016 interview,

We have to care about our bodies and what we put in them. Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health take time for self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish.

4. Justin Bieber


The Sorry singer revealed in an NME interview that he gets depressed all the time.

He also shared,

I feel isolated. Youre in your hotel room and there are fans all around, paparazzi following you everywhere, and it gets intense. When you cant go anywhere or do anything alone, you get depressed.

I just want people to know Im human. Im struggling just to get through the days. I think a lot of people are.

5.Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen penned an open letter in Glamour magazine about her battle with postpartum depression.

She wrote,

I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy.

Getting out of bed to get to set on time was painful. My lower back throbbed; my shoulders even my wrists hurt. I didnt have an appetite.

To heal, she took antidepressants and also discussed her plans to see a therapist at the time of publication.

6. Lena Dunham


The Girls actress, who battles OCD and anxiety, joined a new campaign with the Child Mind Institute, a nonprofit that works with children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

In a PSA, released exclusively withPeople, Dunham shared,

I would tell my younger self that theres no shame in asking a teacher for help, telling a friend that youre uncomfortable and that its just the same as falling down and scraping your knee.

I would tell my younger self to squeeze my dog tightly and to read a book and to meditate and breathe. And to understand that Im not alone that there are so many other kids like me who are suffering this way and the greatest thing I can do for them and myself is to be honest.

7. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez has talked about how her battle with lupus also took a toll on her mental health. She wrote in a statement to People,

Ive discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges.

The actress took time off from career obligations and also spent time in a Tennessee rehabilitation facility.

During an acceptance speech at the 2016 AMA Awards, she gave others who struggle to maintain their mental healtha few moving words of encouragement:

8. Demi Lovato

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The former Disney star turned pop singer discovered that she has bipolar disorder and discussed her experience in detail during a documentary she executive produced called, Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health.

She said during the doc,

Something that Im hoping to change by making this documentary is creating conversation and hopefully spreading the awareness of mental health, and that it is just as important as physical health.

Lovato also shared a practical and empowering message about self-care on Instagram.

9. Zayn


The former One Directioner and Gigi Hadids (gorgeous) pop star bae penned an open letter via Instagram to his fans about how his anxiety has affected his stage performances.

He wrote,

In an open letter to Time magazine, he explained his battle even further. He wrote,

Anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of; it affects millions of people every day

When I was in One Direction, my anxiety issues were huge but, within the safety net of the band, they were at least manageable. As a solo performer, I felt much more exposed, and the psychological stress of performing had just gotten to be too much for me to handleat that moment, at least. Rather than hiding away, sugar-coating it, I knew I had to put it all out there.

10. Gabourey Sidibe


The Oscar-winning actress released her memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, on May 1 and in it, she opened up about her battle with bulimia, panic attacks, depression andsuicidal thoughts.

The actress wrote,

I found a doctor and told her everything that was wrong with me. Id never run down the entire list before, but as I heard myself, I could sense that dealing with this on my own was definitely no longer an option. The doctor asked me if I wanted to kill myself. I said, Meh, not yet. But when I do, I know how Ill do it.

I wasnt afraid to die, andif there was a button I couldve pushed to erase my existence from earth, I would have pushed it because it would have been easier and less messy than offing myself. According to the doctor, that was enough.

Anti-depressants and therapy have helped Sidibe as she continues to strengthen her mental health.

11. Kerry Washington


Washingtonhas already made it very clear that she doesnt want Olivia Pope to go to therapy. She said during a Buzzfeed Facebook chat,

The problem is if Olivia got a really good shrink, the show would be far less interesting It just wouldnt be as much fun. The crazy is so much fun. Everybody is crazy on our show. Keep all of our characters away from shrinks thenScandal will be good!

But that doesnt mean she doesnt think therapy is a great method of self-care for herself.

During a chat with Michelle ObamaandSarah Jessica Parker for theGlamour 2015 Cover story, she talked about why she openly discusses seeing a therapist.

I say that publicly because I think its really important to take the stigma away from mental health. My brain and my heart are really important to me. I dont know why I wouldnt seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldnt I go to a shrink?

12. Wentworth Miller


In 2016, the Prison Break actor detailed his experiencewith depression in a post that called out body shamers who created a meme poking fun at his weight gain. He wrote in a Facebook post,

Ive struggled with depression since childhood. Its a battle thats cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.

In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to.

Later that year, he was nameda celebrity ambassador for Active Minds, a United States-based mental health advocacy group, HuffPost reports.

As someone who knows what its like to struggle with depression, I want to help give voice to the many people living with mental health issues. I want to help assure them that theyre not alone letting people know that its okay to ask for help is extremely important.

13. Cara Delevingne

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Americas favorite quirky supermodel took to Twitter to talk to her fans about why she took a break.

This is how she dealt with such a tough period:

In a 2016 interview with Esquire, she detailed her mental health experience even more, with sad tales of anorexia, self-mutilation, cigarette abuse and writing emotional abusive notesabout herself.

Depression is an ongoing battle for her but she finds joy in acting, getting silly on the set of photo shoots and spending time with her girlfriend.

14.Troian Bellasario


Bellasario has had just an much of a time with her mental health as her character, Spencer Hastings, on the Pretty Little Liars show. She revealed in Seventeen magazine:

I started self-harming when I was a junior.I would withhold food or withhold going out with my friends, based on how well I did that day in school

I didnt know what was right and what was wrong, so I think I created this bizarre system of checks and balances to create order in my world. But it really backfired.

Bellasario also discussed feeling out of place amongst her PLL co-stars but has balanced it out by making sure she stays true to herself when shes not busy being Spencer.

She said,

The minute Im off that stage, I try to get as me as possible. I do that by piling on my black eyeliner, and I put on my ripped tights.

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