Contrary to what our world filtered through the lens of the news media often leads us to believe, mental illness affects everyone. With one in five Americans experiencing mental illness each year, it’s safe to assume that if you’re not a sufferer, someone very close to you is.
In the information age, we have gained access to myriad resources and platforms that allow us to share our stories, find support, and break down stigma. Social sharing has played a huge role in opening up the mental health conversation, and celebrities are beginning to move the needle in significant ways.
Last year alone, we saw an increasing number of celebrities speak out about their personal battles. Stars like Selena Gomez, Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Kid Cudi, and Adele all came forward to say that while the spotlight paints a certain picture of their lives, their realities are far less filtered and far less glamorous.
Since those confessions, we’ve continued to see top-tier celebs like Chrissy Teigen, Kendall Jenner, and Gillian Anderson come forward and spread awareness.
When a celebrity speaks out, it does more than land their face on the cover of a magazine or generate some online buzz. It’s a source of comfort for those who feel alone and a boost of courage for those debating whether they should seek help. It’s a conversation starter—one that until recently has been considered "taboo," or inappropriate.