Shannon Purser Opens up About Her Battle with OCD & Depression

Every time someone speaks out about mental illness, we all feel a little less alone

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 49 percent—yes, almost half—of people who have felt symptoms of depression and anxiety never seek medical help. In any given year, one in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem and by age 40, about 50 percent of the population will have or have had a mental illness.

So why aren’t we talking about this more? The taboo around speaking openly about mental illness still exists, although campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk and Opening Minds (established by the Mental Heath Commissions of Canada) are working to eradicate it.

Celebs who get candid about their own mental health struggles also help chip away at the stigma. From Shannon Purser opening up about her struggle with OCD to Chrissy Teigen’s personal essay on her postpartum depression, here are more than a dozen public figures from who have shared their own deeply personal experiences in the name of raising awareness, eliminating stigma and helping us all feel a little less alone.

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