34 Celebrities Who Have Opened Up About Depression & Anxiety

There’s no doubt that we’re more aware of and sensitive about mental health issues than ever before. Unfortunately, it’s also clear that a stigma still lingers around mental health issues and struggles, and its impact is noticeable — and harmful. Surveys have found that stigma prevents those with mental illness from reaching out for help, meaning it has a very real effect on their mental and physical wellbeing. One way to push back against the stigma and shame around mental health issues is to speak up about them in spite of it all, and recently, celebrities have been doing just that, sharing their experiences with depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles with fans and followers. 

These stars prove that when it comes to mental health issues, you don’t have to suffer in silence. In fact, mental health struggles are more common than you might think; according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, they affect approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults and 1 in 6 young people from ages 6 to 17. While mental health issues like anxiety and depression can be daunting and isolating, knowing that you’re not alone — and hearing people you know speak about going through the same thing — can be life-changing.

That’s why we’re sharing these relatable, inspiring, and honest quotes from celebrities who have gone through it too. Ahead, read what stars like Adele, Beyoncé, Chrissy Teigen, and Kerry Washington had to say about living with mental health issues.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental illness, resources are available to help. Call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide & Crisis LifeLine and visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website for more information.

A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.

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