There’s no doubt that we’re influenced by the media — sometimes for bad, but many more times, for good. When celebrities use their platform for good by opening up about their struggles with mental illness, they continue to challenge the societal stigma that holds millions of people back from seeking treatment.
These inspiring celebs prove that when it comes to mental health issues, affecting approximately one in five U.S. adults according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Celebrities are just like us. And their transparency about mental illness has helped many of us open up and get the help we need.
Read what musicians like Demi Lovato and Naomi Judd, actresses like Kristen Bell and Emma Thompson, authors like J.K. Rowling, talk show hosts like Rosie O’Donnell and models like Cara Delevingne had to say about living with a mental illness.
A version of this article was originally published in December 2016.