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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Bella Hadid opened up on an episode of her mother Yolanda Hadid’s television series, Making a Model, about her sometimes crippling social anxiety. She shared her personal struggles with a group of model hopefuls on the show, revealing that her first experiences with fame—such as doing red carpet interviews—caused so much stress, they often left her physically shaking and in tears. Hadid also said that she sometimes blacked out when walking on the runway, which is a common symptom of anxiety disorders. “I would come out and be like, ‘Oh well, I guess it’s over.’”
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