Breaking the Stigma: Celebrities Open Up About Mental Health


Many people with mental health issues don’t seek treatment due to the stigma, or negative and unfair beliefs, associated with it. In fact, over half of adults with a mental health issue go untreated. This is often because they are afraid of what others may think of them and they may be seen as weak and treated differently. Now, many celebrities, such as actors, singers, and comedians, are opening up about their mental health. They are helping to raise awareness around mental health and sharing their stories in hopes to lessen the stigma.

Megan Thee Stallion

When Megan was in 9th grade she lost her father and in 2019 she lost her mother. In 2021, Megan opened up about her mental health and seeking therapy. After losing her parents, she did not know who she could turn to. Megan explained further that being a black woman and needing therapy has a stigma of being weak and was seen as a negative thing. Although there is still a stigma, especially among black and other minority communities, seeking help for mental health issues is becoming more safe and acceptable. Megan has even developed her own website providing a wide range of mental health resources and sharing it with her followers.

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, known for his remarkable career in entertainment and athletics, has also been candid about his experiences with mental health challenges. Despite his larger-than-life persona, Johnson has spoken openly about battles with depression, emphasizing the importance of seeking help and maintaining resilience. Through his honesty, Johnson has become a beacon of strength and encouragement for many, demonstrating that mental health struggles can affect anyone, regardless of outward success.

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is another celebrity who has been open and honest about her battle with mental health issues. In 2014, she was diagnosed with Lupus and admitted to feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression. She experienced panic attacks when getting ready to perform and said she had very low feelings of self-worth. Selena has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and spent 3 months in a treatment center. Now Selena sees a psychologist five days a week. She has a documentary out called My Mind and Me, where she tells her story of battling with mental health. Additionally, she created the Rare Impact Fund which provides resources and also raises funding to support youth with mental health issues.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry is another person in the public eye to speak openly about his struggles with mental illness. His openness to share his own experiences with anxiety, depression, and the profound impact of grief has helped break down stigmas surrounding mental health. Teaming up with a mental health and coaching platform to advocate for mental wellness and encourage others to seek support, Prince Harry has demonstrated remarkable courage and leadership. His honesty has not only raised awareness but has also inspired individuals to prioritize their own mental well-being and seek help when needed.

Though stigmas surrounding mental health still exist, it’s great to see celebrities using their platforms to speak out about their own mental health issues. Everyone struggles sometimes, and sometimes you need to seek out help from professionals. If you are experiencing depression, anxiety, panic attacks, or other mental health concerns, now is the time to take the first step.

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