Celebrities with mental illness
Mental illness does not discriminate. Young, old, rich, poor, black, white – no one is immune. And your favourite musicians and actresses are no exception. In Canada, it’s estimated that over 3 million adults suffer from an anxiety/mood disorder and most of us have been touched by it in some way. But according to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 49 percent of people who have felt symptoms of depression and anxiety never seek medical help. Here are the celebs that have sought help for mental illness and chosen to speak out about it.
Demi Lovato has been on a personal mission to speak out about her mental illnesses and nix stigma. She’s been open about her struggles with everything from depression and bipolar disorder (she was diagnosed at 18) to addiction and eating disorders. That open vulnerability is just one of the reasons we’re so sad to hear about her relapse with addition. The 25-year-old was recently rushed to hospital after a reported heroin overdose. Lovato fight sought help for addiction in 2010 and had most recently been sober for six years. Just a few months ago, the singer revealed through her new song Sober that she had relapsed: “Mama, I’m so sorry I’m not sober anymore / And daddy please forgive me for the drinks spilled on the floor/ And I’m sorry for the fans I lost who watched me fall again / I wanna be a role model, but I’m only human.”
In early July, TMZ reported that former Destiny’s Child member, Michelle Williams had checked into a mental health facility for depression. Williams later opened up to her fans saying, in a statement: “For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it’s time to seek help. I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a team of healthcare professionals.”
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