One of the best ways to help break down the stigma associated with mental health is to talk openly and honestly about our own mental health conditions. For many people, this means opening up to our friends and family. For some people, however, this means opening up to thousands of fans and followers. Here are six celebrities who have shared about their experiences of living with a mental illness.
1. JK Rowling - The heralded author of Harry Potter, JK Rowling, hasn’t held back in talking about her depression while writing her famous book series. She even says that the inspiration for the book’s “dementors” were drawn from her own battles with depression.
2. Kid Cudi - Popular rapper, Kid Cudi, opened up on Facebook about checking into a mental health rehabilitation center for depression and suicidal urges. His candid post sparked a trend on Twitter (#YouGoodMan) where black men shared their own struggles with mental health.
3. Demi Lovato - Singer/Actress Demi Lovato was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder back in 2010. In talking about it now, she says, "I was dealing with bipolar depression and didn't know what was wrong with me. Little did I know, there was a chemical imbalance in my brain. Because I didn't tell people what I need, I ended up self-medicating and coping with very unhealthy behaviors."
4. Herschel Walker - Heisman Trophy winner, NFL running back, Olympian, and now a mental health advocate, Herschel Walker has written a book about titled “Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder”.
5. Catherine Zeta-Jones - After seeking out treatment for Bipolar Disorder back in 2011, Catherine Zeta-Jones has been vocal about breaking down the stigma. She is quoted as saying, “There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”
6. Howie Mandel - As a comedian and TV Host, Howie Mandel has been vocal about living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He says, “We take care of our dental health. We don’t take care of our mental health. I think the solution to making this world better is if we would just be healthy, mentally.”
Written by Nate Schorr, Associate Director, NAMI Wisconsin