Mental health issues affect millions of people around the world every year. However, the attached stigma prevents individuals from discussing their problems with anyone, including close family and friends. But when famous people and celebrities openly discuss their suffering from mental health issues, it encourages other people to talk about their own challenges as well.
In April 2017, Prince Harry disclosed that he had sought professional help and even taken up boxing to tide over the mental health struggles arising from the death of his mother, Princess Diana, when he was only 12 years old. Living in the public limelight, the Prince was overwhelmed by feelings of a complete breakdown at several times. He admitted that he kept his emotions bottled up for nearly 20 years and experienced two years of “total chaos” before he decided to start opening up to his friends. Through his public disclosure, he hopes to encourage people to talk about their issues since keeping quiet will only make them worse.
Celebrities’ traumatic experiences may change people’s opinions about mental health
Singer Lady Gaga is another famous personality who has openly discussed her mental illness and trauma. In 2016, she disclosed that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after being sexually assaulted at the age of 19 years. She stated that her own trauma has helped her empathize with the trauma of others. Gaga also mentioned that youngsters who are affected by traumatic incidents or desertion need to be continuously reminded that they are not lonely, and that people care for them.
Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones had to publicly disclose that she was suffering from bipolar disorder after a co-patient at her rehab clinic dared to tell all to a magazine. In an interview, Zeta-Jones stated that the public disclosure of her bipolar disorder should give hope to fellow patients that the condition is completely manageable. She hopes that she will be helpful in reducing the stigma attached to bipolar disorder.
Actor Wentworth Miller, most famous for his role in “Prison Break,” has disclosed that he suffered from depression since childhood. In a moving essay posted on Facebook, Miller admitted that he experienced suicidal thoughts, and like many others, suffered silently. His battle with depression and suicidal thoughts led to an eating disorder and resultant weight gain.
Social platforms being used by celebrities may advocate mental health issues
Miller has appeared in a video in which he urges people not to be afraid to make the first move in treating depression. Singer and actress Demi Lovato, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has produced a 2017 documentary titled “Beyond Silence” which tells the story of three youngsters suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia. Prince Harry, along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has jointly founded a charity called ‘Heads Together’ to end the stigma attached to mental health in. The late actress Carrie Fisher, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was a vocal advocate of mental health issues and regularly offered advice to readers through her column in “The Guardian.”
Celebrities and famous people have taken the initiative to spread awareness about mental health with the hope of reducing stigma, and encouraging people to talk about it and actively seek help. If you or a loved one is suffering from any mental health disorder, contact the California Mental Health Helpline for advice on mental health treatment in California. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 855-559-3923 or chat online with our specialists for information on the best mental health rehabilitation centers in California.