We’d like to make one thing abundantly clear: There is nothing wrong, shameful, or embarrassing about taking time off for your mental health.
About 1 in 5 adult Americans struggle with mental health conditions each year, per the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). That’s approximately 43.8 million people. Despite their prevalence, mental health issues are still highly stigmatized in our modern world. These negative cultural attitudes, coupled with our country’s inequitable, bias-ridden healthcare infrastructure, cause many people to delay seeking treatment — or worse, push through their symptoms to point of exhaustion, burnout, or breakdowns.
Hence the importance of taking mental-health breaks. Even a day or two can do wonders for a person who’s experiencing depression, anxiety, or any mental illness that affects their ability to function normally.
If you have the resources to comfortably take time off for your mental health, consider doing so. This applies even if you aren’t experiencing an acute mental-health crisis. In fact, tools like therapy are often particularly effective even when you aren’t in crisis mode.
But don’t just take it from us. Below, read up on nine celebrities who have spoken out about taking time off to prioritize their mental health, from former royals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, to singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes.