Celebs Who’ve Been Honest AF About Treating Their Mental Health
Lili Reinhart, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes and more...
Celebrities like Holly Hagan, Miley Cyrus, Sam Smith and Lili Reinhart have all spoken out about their own mental health illnesses in the hopes of #stoppingthestigma and helping others realise the best thing you can do if you are suffering is to speak out and ask for help.
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The vlogger has never shied away talking about her mental health, and writing in on her blog, she explained how she's learnt to manage her anxiety and how good it feels to see her progress.
"Over the past six months, I’ve seen the most improvement in my anxiety. I always used to throw every unsteady emotion into an anxious state and now I’m able to distinguish the difference. I actually know what being nervous feels like now and I embrace it. I’m able to recognise where nerves don’t need to escalate into anxiety. Where feeling uncomfortable in a situation is just that…it doesn’t have to end in a panic attack.
"I’m very good at imagining every possible worst outcome of every single situation I live and breathe. After exhausting all the worst outcomes, I soon realise that nothing is ever as bad as I imagine it to be and those fears and scenarios don’t seem to inject the same uneasy feelings as they once did. It’s quite difficult to see changes in your behaviour when it’s happening over a pro-longed amount of time but when I think back to how I was two years ago, I’ve come a hell of a long way."
Miley knows that being open about her depression can actually help her fans feel able to speak out about thier own mental health issues.
“They know that I’ve struggled with depression and that helped them get over theirs,” she once told ELLE. “That gives me a big purpose – a reason to wake up in the morning that’s bigger than to put on my f---ing feathers and my little outfits.”
Speaking about OCD, Camila explained to Cosmopolitan about how she's learning to manage intrusive thoughts.
"OCD is weird. I laugh about it now. Everybody has different ways of handling stress. And, for me, if I get really stressed thinking about something, I'll start to have the same thought over and over again, and no matter how many times I get to the resolution, I feel like something bad is about to happen if I don't keep thinking about it.
"I didn't know what it was and when I found out, and [learned] how to step back from it, it made me feel so much better. I feel so much more in control of it now. To the point where I'm just like, 'Aha! OK, this is just my OCD.' I'll ask my mom a question for the fourth time, and she'll be like, 'That's OCD. You've got to let it go.'"
As a mental health advocate Kesha’s open letter about her own struggles explains how she finally decided to seek treatment and ‘practice what she preached’.
“I’ve always tried to be a crusader for loving yourself, but I’d been finding it harder and harder to do personally. I felt like part of my job was to be as skinny as possible, and to make that happen, I had been abusing my body. I just wasn’t giving it the energy it needed to keep me healthy and strong. My brain told me to just suck it up and press on, but in my heart I knew that something had to change. So I made the decision to practice what I preach. I put my career on hold and sought treatment. I had to learn to treat my body with respect.”
Talking on ABC news, Demi was very honest about her own mental health struggles: “[My eating disorder and self-harming] was a way of expressing my own shame, of myself, on my own body. I was matching the inside to the outside.
“There were some times where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do. The only way that I could get instant gratification was through an immediate release on myself.”
Riverdale’s Lili has actually said that it was Demi Lovato talking about her mental health struggles that helped her with hers.
“I didn't have someone who was talking about it. I remember being in middle and high school and hearing Demi Lovato speak up about her mental illness and that was comforting,” she explained in an interview with Ocean Drive.
“But I wanted more people to stand up. I needed more people to relate to. I was like, all these people can't be so happy, can they? It was kind of like this unrealistic picture that was painted in front of me of all these happy, happy people, successful people, beautiful people.
“I still go through and experience depression,” she admitted. “You don't have to be ashamed of it. You don't need to ever justify the way you feel.”
Sam Smith has acknowledged that mental health is becoming a bigger issue because people are finally talking about their struggles.
“I get massive anxiety. I really struggle,” he told The Sun. “I was so nervous at the Grammys this year. I thought I would be more in control of my body and emotions but I get so nervous, to the point I’m almost having panic attacks.
“I am trying to look after my mental health. Mental health issues are coming to the fore because people are starting to talk about it. So many people go through stuff. For me, my music has been my therapy,” he added.
After being diagnosed with anxiety, Shawn went to therapy but explains that there is no single definition to therapy, and he finds other self-care methods also work for him.
"Therapy is what works for you… climbing a mountain," he explained. "Therapy is listening to music and running on the treadmill, therapy is going to dinner with your friends — it’s something that distracts you, that helps you heal and so it just depends on what you think therapy is."
Realising that it is something she might need to deal with for the rest of her life has been an important moment for Selena, who spoke to Harper's Bazaar about making peace with that fact.
"I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome. There won’t be a day when I’m like, 'Here I am in a pretty dress—I won!' I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.
"I want to make sure I’m healthy. If that’s good, everything else will fall into place," she added.
If you need support or just want more info about mental health, head to mind.org.uk for loads of resources and support.