Celebrities are generally known for their area of work, their level of popularity, and for the trouble they get into. They are looked up to by people around the world who can easily be affected by simple things these celebrities say and do. While some celebrities abuse their level of fame by being a negative influence and becoming the subject of major controversy, others act as spokesmen to spread awareness about subjects they are passionate about. One of the most popular topics is sharing their experience with mental illness.

 

(HuffPo)

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One in four people will be diagnosed with at least one mental illness at some point in their lives, and this is no exception for those who are in the spotlight. It is incredibly common for people who have mental illnesses to feel alone in the world. Hearing the stories of these household names that have been battling, and beating, their mental illnesses can help others feel that they are not alone and they will get through it.

 

Celebrities have the ability to reach an audience who ordinarily might not even think about (or recognize the legitimacy of) mental health concerns,” says John M. Grohol, founder of PsychCentral, a blog dedicated to discussing mental health issues. “The more people get talking about mental health, the more it reduces the stigmatization and misinformation about these issues.

 

(HuffPo)

(HuffPo)

Public figures from all arenas have been speaking out about their battles with mental illnesses, from popular YouTube star Tyler Oakley to the first lady Michelle Obama. Among others, Demi Lovato has been one of the most popular spokesmen for the awareness of mental illness since her diagnoses of eating disorders, bipolar disorders, and alcohol abuse in 2011. She, in particular, not only appeals to her growing audience of a variety of ages, but she appeals as well to kids in their tweens and teens for having been a popular Disney Channel star. She is also one of the leaders of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, an initiative that encourages others to share their experiences with mental illness.

 

Mental illness is just as common as the flu, so why does it have such a negative stigma? Why do we fear being diagnosed with a mental illness? Just as you are not labeled “that person with the flu” when you get sick, you are also not “that person with a mental illness.” Your mental illness does not define who you are, and it should not prevent you from following your dreams. Hundreds of celebrities have opened up and shared their stories of all different kinds of mental illnesses to end the stigma and show others that they are not fighting alone. Celebrities who reveal the darker parts of their life to share with their audience are an incredible inspiration to others and are helping to change the face of mental illness.

 

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