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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One Republic’s Ryan Tedder
In April 2017, One Republic’s frontman, Ryan Tedder, wrote a lengthy post on Facebook explaining how his mental health issues had resulted in the band taking some time away from the spotlight.
“I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, not sleeping, on meds, not happy, anxiety on a crippling level and it was triggered from sheer exhaustion,” Tedder shared. “I looked at a calendar, realized I had been gone 200 days of 2016 and still had three more weeks of being gone…From my family, my wife, my kids, my friends, basically my life.”
Tedder explained that this realization triggered extreme panic. “[It] literally sent me into a sweat and made me feel like I was going to have a heart attack. Crippling anxiety.” He says he lost his sense of joy, his motivation and the desire to write songs.
Tedder recounted that he told his manager to “pull the plug,” and everything came to a screeching halt.
“Fortunately, we still love what we do and love you guys immensely, and love performing live. LOOOOVE. So, we are going to. But we are changing the entire scope of how we release music and approach touring,” he continued. This will, according to Billboard, include dropping songs as they’re ready as opposed to waiting to release an entire album.
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