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Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day, a day dedicated to helping end the stigma against mental health. Speaking out and making mental health a part of everyday conversation is important for everyone and thankfully, there are many celebs joining the cause to help put an end to the stigma.
Don’t forget to show your support by participating in Bell Let’s Talk Day. Bell Let’s Talk Day is an annual initiative to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 31 by sending a text message, making a mobile or long distance call using Bell Media products, tweeting with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk, using the Facebook Bell Let’s Talk frame, and using the Snapchat Bell Let’s Talk geofilter. Each time you do this, Bell will donate 5¢ to mental health initiatives.
Demi Lovato has been a longtime vocal supporter for ending the stigma against mental health and is taking her cause a step further with her upcoming tour. Just announced in January, Lovato is offering tour ticket holders the opportunity to attend group therapy sessions and CAST Centre Wellness Workshops at all her tour stops. Making the announcement on Good Morning America, Lovato said,”[It’s] basically like a therapy session before the concerts and we have speakers from all over and we’re also helping out with different charities from around the country. So it’ll be an incredible, very moving and inspiring experience.”
Listening to Kesha‘s incredible 2017 comeback album Rainbow is like reading the singer’s personal diary, so it’s no surprise the album acted as a cathartic act for the musician. Citing the writing and recording of the album as a way to deal with her depression, Kesha said in a radio interview, “I would roll out of bed, get in my car and show up to the studio. And I would just keep making songs. That was my way to cope.”
In May 2017, Riverdale actor Lili Reinhart posted a number of tweets sharing her lifelong struggle with depression and encouraged others to follow in her footsteps by seeking help. The actor has said that being cast on Riverdale “helped saved her life,” with Reinhart in the middle of the worst episode of depression she had ever dealt with when she was cast as Betty Cooper. The actor encouraged others to not give up on themselves, timing her 2017 tweets with Mental Health Awareness Month in the U.S.
During an appearance at a mental health conference in Chicago in January 2018, 28-time Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps revealed that he struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts. Phelps said that he often fell into a depression following each Olympic games, which led to drinking and drug use. “It would be just me self-medicating myself, basically daily, to try to fix whatever it was that I was trying to run from.” Phelps found relief after seeking treatment. “I said to myself so many times, ‘Why didn’t I do this 10 years ago?’ But, I wasn’t ready.” Now Phelps is working with the Boys and Girls Club of America and helping to end the stigma against mental health. “I think people actually finally understand it is real,” said Phelps. “People are talking about it and I think this is the only way that it can change.”
Actor Bella Thorne has used her platform to speak to her young fan base about her own battles with depression, anxiety and dyslexia. Tweeting to her followers in April 2017, Bella told her fans that she too battles depression and wants others to know they’re not alone. The actor has also called for an end to bullying on her social media pages, reminding people that words can cause hurt that lasts well beyond the time it takes to write a hurtful text or tweet.
As part of the Seize The Awkward campaign, which encourages people to start conversations with friends and loved ones if they suspect someone if suffering from depression, actor Tyler Posey shared his own struggles with depression. Following the death of his mother, Posey said that he suffered in silence for years until finally accepting help from friends and trained professionals. Now the Teen Wolf star is sharing his story and encouraging others to accept help and be an advocate for friends.
Along with his brother Prince William and his sister-in-law Kate Middleton, Prince Harry began the Heads Up charity to help end the stigma of mental health and provide resources for those dealing with depression, anxiety and more in the U.K. But it wasn’t until the 20th anniversary of his mother’s death in 2017 that Prince Harry began speaking publicly about his own struggle with depression. Speaking with Bryony Gordon on the April 2017 episode of her podcast Mad World, Prince Harry said that he sought help at age 28 after feeling that his anxiety was going to lead to him ‘punching someone.’ “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12, and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but my work as well,” said Harry. “The experience I have had is that once you start talking about it, you realize that actually you’re part of quite a big club,” he added. “I know there is huge merit in talking about your issues and the only thing about keeping it quiet is that it’s only ever going to make it worse.”
In January 2018, supermodel Kendall Jenner sat down with friend and fellow model Cara Delevingne for an interview that appeared in Harpers Bazaar. In the magazine, Jenner reveals that having a famous family and successful career didn’t make her immune from depression and anxiety. “I have such debilitating anxiety because of everything going on that I literally wake up in the middle of the night with full-on panic attacks,” said Jenner. “Where do I even start? Everything is so horrible, it’s hard to name one thing. I just think that the world needs so much love. I wish I had the power to send Cupid around the planet, as cheesy as that sounds. You go online and you see everyone saying the worst things to each other, and it’s hard to stay positive. It’s hard not to get eaten alive by all the negativity.”
In March 2017, Selena Gomez sat down with Vogue to continue sharing her struggles with depression and anxiety with her millions of fans. Cancelling her Revival Tour in 2016, Gomez said she was depressed and anxious, suffering from panic attacks. Attending intensive therapy and learning new ways to cope with her emotions has helped the singer find balance in her life, including daily practice of Dialectic Behaviour Therapy. “DBT has completely changed my life. I wish more people would talk about therapy,” Gomez told Vogue. “We girls, we’re taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back; the girl who’s down,” she says. “We also need to feel allowed to fall apart.”
What fans love most about Chrissy Teigen is the model, author, and TV hosts’ willingness to always speak her mind and that honesty with her fans extended to Teigen’s depression following the birth of her first child. Diagnosed with postpartum depression and anxiety, Teigen opened up to Glamour in March 2017 to discuss the most difficult time in her life. “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother (who lives with us), a nanny,” wrote Teigen. “But postpartum does not discriminate. I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling. Sometimes I still do.”
Not only did Logic release his breakthrough suicide awareness single “1-800-273-8255” with Alessia Cara and Khalid in 2017, with the title taken from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline in the U.S., the rapper has continually invited suicide survivors on stage to perform alongside him at award shows. Following the release of the single, calls to the hotline increased 27 per cent, with that number going to 50 per cent on the night of Logic’s performance at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.