Various Celebrities Openly Discuss Dealing With Mental Health Issues
Because there is still, unfortunately, some stigma in many nations about mental health problems, I think it’s a good thing that more celebrities are speaking publicly about having these issues themselves, or they talk about how they’ve been impacted because they have friends who committed suicide.
Some of the celebrities I mention below were inspired to come forward and disclose their struggles after the suicides of famous individuals Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.
JANET JACKSON (singer and actress)
… Speaking of her many ups and downs, the “Scream” singer admitted she went through an ‘Intense’ battle with depression, and finally found peace when she became a mother.
In the post, Jackson, 52, wrote that her 30s were her hardest time, as her depression “was intense.”
By Rachel McRady | ET Online
Janet Jackson is speaking out.
The 52-year-old pop icon pens a letter to her fans in the new issue of Essence magazine, which was shared on Wednesday’s Good Morning America.
“I struggled with depression. The struggle was intense,” Jackson writes. “Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And of course there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it.”
KATHRYN DENNIS (actress)
Dennis, 25, told co-star Danni Baird that she was diagnosed with anxiety and depression while completing a rehab stint in 2016.
ALYSSA MILANO (actress)
I have a secret, and I am not alone.
I am a mother, an actor and an activist — and like over 40 millionAmericans, I live with a mental illness.
This Mental Health Awareness Month, I am joining the people nationwide who are standing up, sharing their stories and demanding that lawmakers defend our access to health care.
My Generalized Anxiety Disorder was most likely triggered by my postpartum depression, and my journey with mental illnesses began with my journey into motherhood.
In 2011, two years after suffering a miscarriage, I learned that I was pregnant with my first son, Milo — and it was a dream. My miscarriage was heartbreaking, but this pregnancy was beautiful: I did not experience morning sickness; I went to prenatal yoga five times a week; I walked two miles a day; and I took naps in the afternoon.
DAVE NAVARRO (musician)
6/11/2018 by Gil Kaufman
The Jane’s Addiction guitarist opened up following the suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade.
Dave Navarro has seen the depths of misery and he’s here to tell you that there is a way to climb out.
The Jane’s Addiction guitarist posted a lengthy Instagram post on Saturday (June 9) with a link to the Suicide Prevention Hotline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org) in which he opened up about his own battles with depression and suicidal thoughts in the wake of the high-profile deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and chef/author Anthony Bourdain.
“I can’t speak to anyone else’s thoughts or actions but I can speak from my own experience. I have been there, written ‘the note,’ had the plan, the stockpile of meds, how to disperse my property among my family,” wrote Navarro, who has been frank in the past about his struggles with drug abuse. “I was ready to go. Luckily, as a last ditched effort, I reached out. I spoke to my closest friends and loved ones. I sought therapy and at times, psychiatry, alternative medicines, even hospitalization. Whatever it took.”
The note came just days after Spade and Bourdain were found dead of suspected suicide and in light of a study recently released by the CDC reporting that the suicide rate in the U.S. has risen by almost 30 percent in almost every state since 1999, with half the states seeing an increase of 30% or more.
On April 16 in Los Angeles, Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers veteran Dave Navarro and Billy Idol/Cult guitarist Billy Morrison will host Above Ground, an all-star MusiCares benefit to raise awareness for mental health struggles and suicide prevention.
It’s a cause that’s extremely important to Navarro, who tells Yahoo Entertainment, “As someone who suffers from mental health issues, suicide has been a viable option in my past,” and notes, “We have lost a lot of friends this year, due to mental health issues.”
Navarro is referring to, among far too many others, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, who both died by suicide last year. “I don’t have any insight as to what their mental health issues were or weren’t, so I don’t want to lump them in that category. … I’m not a doctor. I can’t sit here and say what they did and didn’t have, and what caused them to do what they did,” he muses.
“But I would say that going to Chris Cornell’s funeral and seeing Chester Bennington sing a beautiful song for his friend, and then [Chester] taking his life a month later, really had a massive impact on me. … I couldn’t help but be brought back to the times when I had felt that lonely, that desperate, that suicidal, and I just want to change the playing field [with Above Ground] and let people know that there are options out there. [Suicide] isn’t the final answer. It’s OK to reach out for help.”
Navarro has always been open about his struggles, be it in his 2004 memoir, Don’t Try This at Home, which chronicled his downward spiral into drug addiction, or his 2015 documentary, Mourning Son, which detailed his mother’s shocking 1983 murder by her ex-boyfriend.
Navarro was supposed to visit his mother that night, but at the last minute stayed at his father’s house, and he understandably traces many of his issues back to that tragedy.
…For years, Navarro has been into meditation and yoga, and he regularly visits a therapist whom he met through another tragic rock-star casualty, his friend Scott Weiland. “I go to therapy whether I’m feeling good, or whether I’m feeling bad. That keeps me on an even keel,” Navarro asserts. “I don’t feel any shame in saying that. I feel that it’s an incredible strength to be able to ask for help. Had it not been for the support team I had around me, I very well may have been one of the statistics.”
That is why Navarro and Morrison feel it’s so important to give back, whether it’s with events like Above Ground or just openly discussing mental health in their interviews. “I can’t tell you how many people have reached out to me, telling me that they felt the same way, and they felt not alone, and they were really moved, and inspired to get help on their own, because of the stories that are shared. And so, for me, that’s the reward,” says Navarro.
How People Learn to Become Resilient by Maria Konnikova