Most of the time, when we see celebrities on social media and on magazine covers, is a picture of pure bliss: glamorous parties, precious mother-baby candids, and wide, blindingly white smiles.
And though that may be what life looks like at times for the rich and famous, it can't be the entire picture. Approximately one in five adults in the U.S.—43.8 million—experiences mental illness in a given year. And being a celebrity, contrary to popular belief, does not make you immune to mental illness. In fact, the spotlight likely encourages it.
But because there’s still such a stigma around discussing mental conditions like anxiety or depression, many people keep their suffering a secret. And that's why it's so important that people with large followings (and therefore lots of influence), like celebrities, speak up about their experiences with it. They can really get productive conversation going.
This post is an ode to the celebrities who have recently spoken up about their struggles with mental illness. We thank you.