AUTHOR DiveThru Team
June 11,2020 - DiveThru Team
15 Celebrities Open Up About Their Mental Health
Feeling alone is the worst. When we struggle with our mental wellbeing sometimes that is all we feel—alone and isolated. At DiveThru, we understand that sentiment—seriously, we have been there too! And we want to show you that you are definitely not on your own.
It’s important to remember that mental health does not discriminate. 1 in 5 adults across all races, ethnicities, and genders will struggle with mental health in their lifetime. That’s a lot of people diving thru the same stuff—and you bet that also includes the celebrities we look up to so often. Even with the glamour of haute couture, red carpet appearances and hit singles, celebrities are seriously impacted by mental health challenges.
We know we have a long way to go before this topic is no longer stigmatized.
*Trust, we are working on it.*
But let’s take a quick moment to acknowledge how far the conversation has come.
We have gathered some quotes from celebrities to show you that you are not alone. These quotes also have some great messages that may help as you take charge of your mental wellbeing.
It’s Not You, It’s Us
ALLLLLLL of us. Your friends, family, or coworkers could be working on their mental wellbeing as well and can understand what you are going through. But just in case they’re not quite ready to talk about their challenges with you yet, let’s take a look at these celebrities who are ready for the conversation:
“It’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic.” —Demi Lovato
“What I would tell kids going through anxiety, which I have and can relate to, is that you’re so normal. Everyone experiences a version of anxiety or worry in their lives, and maybe we go through it in a different or more intense way for longer periods of time, but there’s nothing wrong with you. To be a sensitive person that cares a lot, that takes things in in a deep way is actually part of what makes you amazing… I wouldn’t trade it for the world, even when there are really hard times. Don’t ever feel like you’re a weirdo for it because we’re all weirdos.” —Emma Stone
“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it.” — The Rock
“You can get nervous and be like, ‘oh my god, someone’s not going to like me, I’m going to say something that’s wrong, I’m going to do something that’s wrong, I’m afraid someone’s going to look at me funny or they don’t think my life is cool. Then I realized it’s just, it’s anxiety and I think it’s something we all go through.” — Lana Condor
Banish Feelings of Shame or Guilt
For lots of people struggling with their mental wellbeing, shame becomes the default emotion they use to define their situation.
When you allow shame to rule your thoughts, you might start to believe that you are insignificant and that you need to change yourself in order to gain acceptance. But this is not true!
Feeling compassion for yourself and your situation is an important tool to use to banish feelings of shame about your mental health.
“I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing. I’m very lucky. But I had depression. I had moments where I didn’t want to carry on living. But then the guilt of feeling that way and not being able to tell anyone because I shouldn’t feel that way just left me feeling blame and guilt.” — Cara Delevingne
“When we’re able to share with someone who we do feel safe with, we can realize that these things that are happening to us don’t make us unloveable and aren’t anything to have as a huge secret and don’t make our future dark and dreary. Actually, we have a really gorgeous future and we deserve love and safety.” — Jonathan Van Ness
Talk About It With Friends
When you are struggling to maintain your mental wellbeing, you might feel the urge to pull away from your friends. But, when you are feeling down, friendships are even more important because they can help enhance your mood! Research has also shown that talking about your emotions and problems with friends (or anyone!) can help reduce stress.
If you do not feel comfortable opening up to a friend, journaling about what you are feeling provides the same stress-reducing benefits. If you’re unsure of where to start, we recommend checking out the DiveThru app!
This blog post has journaling tips to help get you started.
“I just was in a funk, Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom. I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to 3 years if not dealt with. I like communication best. Talking things through with my sisters, my friends, let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby.” — Serena Williams
“I can slip in and out of depression quite easily. I had really bad postpartum depression after I had my son, and It frightened me. I didn’t talk to anyone about it. I was very reluctant…Four of my friends felt the same way I did, and everyone was too embarrassed to talk about it.” —Adele
Ask For Help If You Need It
We need to banish the idea that asking for help means that we are weak. Because it does not!
In an article for HealthyWay, Dr. Julie Hanks notes that humans naturally have limitations. No one person can do everything alone, which is why we depend on each other for help. Connections, bonds of intimacy and trust are created when we ask for help when we need it.
The help you ask for will depend on your situation and is different for everyone.
“You are the one thing in this world, above all other things, that you must never give up on. When I was in middle school, I was struggling with severe anxiety and depression and the help and support I received from my family and a therapist saved my life. Asking for help is the first step. You are more precious to this world than you’ll ever know.” — Lili Reinhart
“I just started seeing a therapist, and I’m super stoked about it. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and considering how much my life has changed this year, I thought it was about time I check in with myself.” — Camila Mendes
“Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there shouldn’t be any distinction…we should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness — it’s a sign of strength — and we should ensure that people can get the treatment they need.” — Michelle Obama
Remember, You Are Strong
Life is tough. Some days you might feel invincible, and other days you may feel paralyzed by all of the challenges being thrown at you. Learning how to maintain your mental wellbeing throughout these hills and valleys will be tough, and you are strong for sticking with it.
“For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. It’s debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong…There’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness.” — Kristen Bell
“I finally realized that owning up to your vulnerabilities is a form of strength. And making the choice to go to therapy is a form of strength.”— Lizzo
Most Importantly, Be Kind to Yourself
Being kind to yourself can look like a variety of things. Thinking positive thoughts about yourself. Giving yourself credit when you complete a task — no matter how small. Treating yourself to a self care day (check out this blog post for free self care ideas). No matter what you do, it is important to remember to be kind to yourself through your thoughts and your actions.
“We just need to be kinder to ourselves. If we treated ourselves the way we treat our best friend, can you imagine how much better off we would be?” — Meghan Markle
“I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”— Lady Gaga
Hopefully these quotes have helped show you that you are not alone and given you some important ideas to remember as you work on your mental wellbeing.
What are your tips for feeling less alone in this crazy world? Do you have a favourite quote that helps with your mental wellbeing? Let us know in the comments!