Celebrities Open up About Personal Battles On Mental Health Awareness Day
Mental Health Awareness Day had celebrities opening up about their personal experiences. Over the past decade, America has seen the rate of mental illness rapidly increase. There are a few speculations as to why that is.
Are the Screens Making Us More Depressed?
Some people say the increase has a lot to do with the lifestyle our society created. Generation Y has the baby boomers completely flustered. They see kids and even adults addicted to the newest screen. We watch games instead of play outside and we edit our bodies instead of actually working out. The ideal self, the person we ideally want to be, and our real selves, who we really are, are farther apart than ever before. Psychologists stress how crucial it is for people to bridge this gap and we’re only finding ways to make it bigger as the world of technology continues to develop way faster than the world of mental health. However, there is another point to be made.
Mental Illness Was Always Around
Perhaps Mental Health has always been an issue, we’re just noticing it now. Our parents and grandparents went through so much in their lives. The old “suck it up and deal with it” mentality has them thinking that ignoring emotional pain is the right way to move on. However, it’s the mental health stigmas that kept those baby boomers silent. Who is to say that the suffering actually went away.
Putting all criticisms about social media aside, there is a positive to it all. People feel freer than they ever have when it comes to expressing how they feel. One brave post leads to another and now we’re all talking about our feelings in public.
We can finally see that we’re not alone, that mental illness is real and does not go away just by chanting “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The openness of generation Y doesn’t show weakness perhaps it shows the strength that the past generations never had. The strength to get real!
Here are celebrities who had the strength to open up:
Miley talks about her low points and needed medication.
“ I never was depressed because of the way someone made me feel. I just was depressed. And every person can benefit from talking to somebody. I’m the most anti-medication person, but some people need medicine, and there was a time I needed some too.”
Union opens up about the PTSD she experiences after being raped at gunpoint when she was 19 years old.
“I didn’t want it to define my whole life, and it doesn’t have to. Asking for help, needing help, doesn’t make you weak or less worthy of love or support or success. You can literally be anything you want to be.
Explains the importance of being open about feelings of self-worthlessness
“I felt worthless like I had nothing to offer like I was a failure. Now, after seeking help I can see that those thoughts, of course, could not have been more wrong. It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer.”
Explains how opening up helped him realize he’s not alone.
“The experience that I’ve had is that once you start talking about mental health you suddenly realized, actually, that you’re part of a big club…I’ve probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and lies and misconceptions and everything’s coming at you from every angle.”
Emma talk about the negative voices in our heads
“It speaks to me in my ear and tells me all sorts of things that aren’t true. And every time I listen to it, it gets bigger. If I listen to it enough, it crushes me. But if I turn my head and keep doing what I’m doing – let it speak to me, but don’t give it the credit it needs – then it shrinks down and fades away”
Reminds us that it’s going to be ok.
“You’re not the first person going through it; you’re not going to be the last person to go through it. And often times – it happens – you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at the time just pull me aside and say ‘hey, it’s going to be ok.”