For as long as the term mental health has been around there has been a constant stigma attached to it which thanks to the advocacy of public figures is slowly starting to crumble. The dangers of the misconceptions surrounding the importance of mental health can range from individuals not seeking help when they need it to suicide. Thankfully, more and more celebrities are opening up about their struggles with staying on top of their mental health which is also helping to smash these stereotypes.
As taking care of one’s mental health becomes more and more mainstream it’s image in the media is shifting from visit’s to psychiatrists and being put on medication to meditation and other forms of self-help. Here are six celebrities who have nailed this whole mental health thing and shared encouraging words on the importance of taking care of you!
Sarah Jessica Parker
SJP shared this enlightening tidbit on how she deals with anxiety. “Like anything. Until the minute you talk about something, it feels as if you are a balloon that’s been blown up and you have too much air in you. You just need somebody to let a little out.”
“Mental health is a sensitive subject amongst a lot of people, but it doesn’t need to be. We need to talk about it more, get rid of the stigma.” We’re glad Prince Harry is on board to tackling this issue.
In an interview regarding the actresses bout with depression, she said, “I don’t regret opening up about what I went through [with depression]…It means so much when you realize that someone was having a really hard time and feeling shame and was trying to hide the whole thing.”
“There is such an extreme stigma about mental health issues, and I can’t make heads or tails of why it exists. Anxiety and depression are impervious to accolades or achievements. Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Regarding dealing with his past Springsteen said in an interview, “Whoever you’ve been and wherever you’ve been, it never leaves you. I always picture it as a car. All yourselves are in it. And a new self can get in, but the old selves can’t ever get out. The important thing is, who’s got their hands on the steering wheel at any given moment.”
“Meds didn’t make me a hollowed out version of my former self or a messy bar patron with a bad bleach job. They allowed me to really meet myself. I wish that for every lady who has ever struggled. There’s really no shame.” We love you, Lena!