Statistics show that 46.4 percent of adults in the United States will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. It also shows that one in five Americans are currently suffering from a diagnosable mental illness.
However, many of these people still face backlash and discrimination from those around them as mental illness is often considered a taboo subject. Many celebrities are determined to change the narrative and have come forward to disclose their own struggles with mental health.
It might surprise most people to know that the legendary world-famous singer Beyonce Knowles suffers from depression. The “Single Ladies” singer opened up about her struggle in 2011. In an interview with The Sun, she said:
“It was beginning to get fuzzy―I couldn’t even tell which day or which city I was at. I would sit there at ceremonies and they would give me an award and I was just thinking about the next performance. My mother was very persistent and she kept saying that I had to take care of my mental health.”
2. Demi Lovato
Singer Demi Lovato has been extremely open about her struggle with mental illness and addiction. The former Disney Channel star was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder and has used her own struggles to advocate for more awareness in society.
“I think it’s important that people no longer look at mental illness as something taboo to talk about. It’s something that’s extremely common, one in five adults has a mental illness, so basically everyone is essentially connected to this problem and this epidemic. The problem with mental illness is people don’t look at it as a physical illness. When you think about it, the brain is actually the most complex organ in your body. We need to treat it like a physical illness and take it seriously.”she said at the National Council for Behavioral Health in Washington DC.
3. Nicki Minaj
Rapper Nicki Minaj may be amongst the best rappers of our time but her personal life has been a bit of a rollercoaster. In 2011, she revealed to Cosmopolitan that she struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts in the early days of her career.
“It was just one dead end after another. At one point, I was, like, ‘What would happen if I just didn’t wake up?’ That’s how I felt. Like, ‘Maybe I should just take my life?explained the rapper.
4. Michelle Williams
Like her fellow Destiny’s Child bandmate Beyoncé, Michelle Williams also suffered from depression. She experienced the worst of her struggle while still with the band.
“When I disclosed it to our manager at the time, bless his heart, he was like, ‘Y’all just signed a multimillion-dollar deal and you’re about to go on tour. What do you have to be depressed about?’ So I was like, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just tired. I was to that place where it got so dark and heavy, because sometimes you feel like, ‘I’m the provider, I take care of people. I’m not supposed to be feeling this way. What do I do?’ And I wanted out.”Michelle Williams said on CBS The Talk.
5. Kerry Washington
Actress Kerry Washington revealed she regularly sees a therapist. She is an advocate for looking after your mental health and getting help when you need it.
“I say that publicly because I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health. My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. I go to the dentist. So why wouldn’t I go to a shrink?”she told Glamour.