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Mental Illness in Celebrities

by Magella Cantara

It’s nothing new that celebrities are all the ones we look up to. We look to them with inspired eyes but, we never think who their idols are when they spend a majority of their time being exactly that? Though they are celebrities, they are human. They have their ups and downs, like anyone else. 

We see more celebrities speaking out about their own struggles with mental health. Celebrities like Bella Thorne, Demi Lovato, J Balvin; I could go on with this list. Because when more celebs are speaking out on mental illness, others start feeling less alone. 

Bella Thorne talks about depression in her new book she put out a few months ago called “The Life of a Wannabe Mogul: Mental Disarray”. She also states in an interview how real depression is. 

J Balvin is a Colombian singer who’s done songs with Bad Bunny, and even Cardi B. At a concert J Balvin performed, he spoke to the crowd about how he’s had to take a break from music for a couple months after dealing with depression. 

Mental illness carries a tremendous stigma around it. It’s automatically associated with violence or that there’s something wrong with that individual. So not only is it appreciated that celebs are out here using their platform for something much more than entertainment, but it’s necessary. 

Mental illness isn’t often a hot topic of conversation, however, we are pushing for that statement to be an old way of thinking. We still have a long way to go until this is the case, unfortunately. With our celebrities voicing their experiences and struggles, fans have responded with nothing but positivity and continue to do so. 

If you ever find yourself struggling with mental illness, I recommend listening to celebrities interviews and speeches, maybe they can push you to seek help with your struggles and feel less alone. You aren’t – don’t forget that.  

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Illustration by Madeline Rheaume

     

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