According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 49%—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% 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 Lady Gaga using her GRAMMYS platform for good to Chrissy Teigen’s personal essay on her postpartum depression, here are more than a dozen public figures 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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Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart recently opened up about experiencing anxiety in an interview with W Magazine.
Reinhart recalled that in 2015, when she was 18 and moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles by herself to start her acting career, she started suffering from panic attacks and eventually decided to return home.
“I didn’t want to admit defeat, but I was like, ‘I need to come home. My mental health is suffering, and it is making me physically ill,’” Reinhart recalled telling her mom on Skype.
Once back in North Carolina, Reinhart began seeing a therapist she had previously visited, and says, “She really helped me build myself back up again.”
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