Jay-Z, Logic, Demi Lovato and Other Celebs Speaking up for Mental Health

I have never been the type of person to worship the ground celebrities walk on. Although, I must admit the whole Kylie Jenner pregnancy chaos kept me up some nights. On a real note though, it is disappointing to see people with such a massive platform not taking a stand on anything in a society that needs people to utilize their voice for good. There is no real message, commitment or loyalty to the community that supports them. However, I am happy to say that it seems like this is changing. In this post, I share some significant celebs who are speaking up for mental health and using their platform to stand up to stigma. Read more

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9 Stars You Will Be Shocked To Learn Have Mental Illness

9 celebrities you may have thought had it all, almost lost it all when confronted with mental illness.  It holds true, “Stars Cannot Shine Without Darkness.”

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After her first marriage failed to Atlanta Braves baseball star, David Justice, actress Halle Barry came forward to People Magazine about her suicide attempt. “I was sitting in my car, and I knew the gas was coming when I had an image of my mother finding me.”
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Singer Demi Lovato was diagnosed with Bipolar II a few years ago after being hospitalized. She is now a mental health advocate fighting to reduce the stigma, “Our Society tends to shame or ignore those with mental illness, and I want to change that”
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Mad Men Actor John Hamm admits he suffers from Depression, “I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me. Which is what therapy does: it gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, your own bullshit. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think: ‘I want to get up in the morning; I don’t want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my shit and go to work and…’ Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!”
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Actress Catherine Zeta Jones came forward about her diagnosis of Bipolar II saying, ” I’m not the kind of person who likes to shout out my personal issues from the rooftops, but with my bipolar becoming public, I hope fellow sufferers will know it’s completely controllable. I hope I can help remove any stigma attached to it, and that those who don’t have it under control will seek help with all that is available to treat it.”
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Actress Carrie Fisher, most famously known as Star Wars Princess Leila, is open about her diagnoses of Bipolar Disorder, ““I outlasted my problems,” she said. “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on. Better me than you.”
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Author of the infamous Harry Potter books, JK Rowling admits to suicidal thoughts after the separation to her first husband, “I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s there to be ashamed of? I went through a really tough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.”
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Comedian/Actor Jim Carrey is open about his Depression, “I don’t think human beings learn anything without desperation,” Carrey told CBS of his early success. “Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”
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Actress Rene Russo came forward about her diagnosis of Bipolar II on the Queen Latifah Show in 2014, “For all the people that are having trouble and maybe feel bad about taking medication… it’s okay — you will make it through.”