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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In an October 2016 interview with Elle Canada, Miranda Kerr spoke about the depression she faced after her split with ex-husband Orlando Bloom.
“When Orlando and I separated, I actually fell into a really bad depression. I never understood the depth of that feeling or the reality of that because I was naturally a very happy person,” Kerr shared. The article goes on to mention Kerr’s twice-daily meditation practice: “Kerr still keeps up the mindful practice and has added yoga and healthy eating.”
Fun Fact: Kerr is also a certified health coach, and when it comes to mental health, she takes a holistic approach. “Every thought you have affects your reality and only you have control of your mind.”
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