If you follow us on Instagram (@findmywellbeing), you’re probably already aware of our new Mental Health Warriors series -- our recognition of leaders in television and film who are speaking up about the importance of mental health. To celebrate May’s Mental Health Awareness month, we are underscoring mental health as a priority for society to be functioning at its best. Today, we’re diving deeper into some of our favorite stories from our beloved stars.
We all loved Kristen Bell’s Funny or Die love song to her therapist. Kirsten has long been open to sharing her experiences with anxiety and depression. Though this video plays on some therapy stereotypes, it also highlights some themes we can relate to. Kristen sings about the importance of self-care, needing someone who will always listen, and the ever-relatable feeling of wanting to be friends with your therapist.
We were all inspired by gymnast Simone Biles during the 2016 Olympics. Just when we thought we couldn't love her any more, when her medical records were hacked and a list of the medications she takes were shared, she used the opportunity and platform to speak about her longtime ADHD diagnosis. By speaking out, she showed that taking medications doesn't make her less than and proactively addressing her health is what helps her perform her best.
Demi Levato, an outspoken advocate for mental healthcare, spoke about her father’s struggle with alcoholism and her ongoing eating disorder, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts, both in her music and her interviews. She's even incorporated her mental health story into her tours by offering free therapy sessions through partnerships in the cities she performs in.
We look up to celebrities in so many ways. At the end of the day, they are human, like us. And mental health obstacles impact so many of us. Thank you to these stars for furthering the conversation and #breakingthestigma.
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