Mental health awareness has been on the rise in recent years and it’s more important now than ever before to recognize the power of eliminating stigma and growing understanding. Celebrities have played a huge role in this movement by using their own struggles with mental illness as a way to encourage others who may be facing similar challenges.
Selena Gomez is one famous face that has advocated for mental health, having opened up about her depression during an appearance on The Miley Cyrus Show. Gomez found solace in therapy which she credits with her getting through her “really dark times”, and has since become an advocate for young people struggling with mental health issues.
Lady Gaga is another prominent voice in the movement, having recently turned her focus to making sure those struggling with chronic pain conditions have access to proper medical support. Through her Born This Way Foundation, she works to ensure that all young people have a safe environment to express themselves without judgment or fear of suffering consequences due to their mental or physical condition.
Prince Harry’s decade-long experience with anxiety led him to collaborate with Oprah on the mental health series ‘The Me You Can’t See’ which aims to break down taboos around the issue. He also helped launch the Travalyst initiative in 2019, aiming to help those seeking help from therapists around the world.
Demi Lovato started talking about her struggle with bipolar disorder as early as 2011 and she continues to use her platform for advocacy today through organizations such as CAST Centers and Treatment Advocacy Center. She also opened up about how therapy saved her life after she was left devastated following a near-fatal overdose back in 2018.
Matthew Perry had battled addiction since 1997 but his brave admission of being sober since 2001 later ended up inspiring thousands of people worldwide who were dealing with similar issues – he even became part of an alcohol treatment program at age 26 after visiting three different rehab centers up until then. Perry currently works closely with a charity aimed at helping those affected by addiction called SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration).
These five celebrities have demonstrated just how influential they can be when they use their star power for good – by initiating conversations about mental health and tackling stigma head-on, these celebs are leading the charge in opening up more diverse discussions around this issue so everyone can receive much-needed help from accessible sources wherever they are located globally.