Various Celebrities Openly Discuss Dealing With Mental Health Issues

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)

Janet Jackson said her 30s were plagued with mental health issues.

Janet Jackson reveals ‘intense’ battle with depression.

… 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.”

“Janet Jackson opens up about her ‘intense struggle’ with depression” via FOX NEWS – June 2018

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.

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Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and the Fallacy of Success and Happiness by Tanya Ba Su

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and the Fallacy of Success and Happiness by Tanya Ba Su

Most people believe high-profile stars like Bourdain and Spade must be happy given their success, but the truth is that beneath the facade often lies a grim reality.

On Tuesday morning, fashion designer Kate Spade committed suicide. A few days later, on Friday afternoon in Strasbourg, France, chef Anthony Bourdain committed suicide.

What stands out both Spade’s and Bourdain’s death is the fact that they represented, for many, what seemed to be success and happiness. Spade had sold her eponymous handbag collection in 2007, had a husband and a teenage daughter, and had swept up every fashion award humanly possible, and then some.

Likewise, Bourdain was a giant in his field, working up the ranks in the kitchen to becoming a talented chef, a widely read author, and achieving the pinnacle of his success in televised food documentaries that flung him to perilous corners of the Earth, first through No Reservations and then through Parts Unknown.

Beneath that sheen of success and happiness, however, there was depression—deep, unsettling, tumultuous depression that rocked both Spade and Bourdain, ultimately leading them to commit suicide.

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Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade and Celebrity Suicides

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade and Celebrity Suicides

Kate Spade was a famous fashion designer, and Anthony Bourdain was a famous chef.

Anthony Bourdain has died in an apparent suicide at 61  

Anthony Bourdain, world-traveling chef and TV star, dies at 61 in apparent suicide

Kate Spade’s Death Officially Declared Suicide by Hanging: Medical Examiner

Kate Spade, fashion designer, found dead in apparent suicide

Kate Spade’s brother slams speculation over sister’s mental health issues

In the wake of Kate Spade’s death, looking at suicide differently 

Celebrity suicides are a reminder we all shoulder a burden. We have to help each other carry it

One Lesson From Celebrity Suicides: Stop Deadpooling Troubled Stars (Guest Blog)

‘Shocking’ suicides of Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade reveal dangers of mental health stigma

…But unlike people with heart disease and cancer, those living with the mental health struggles that lead to suicide often don’t seek treatment or open up to friends and family about their deep despair.

Those who may try to hide their suffering can include famous, successful and outwardly happy, got-it-all-together celebrities like Spade and Bourdain.

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Toxic Fandom, Politicization of Entertainment Is Killing My Enjoyment of Movies – Including the Star Wars Franchise

Toxic Fandom, Politicization of Entertainment Is Killing My Enjoyment of Movies – including the Star Wars Franchise

I’ve enjoyed watching movies since I was a kid.

I’ve also enjoyed reading professional movie reviews and critiques – and this was years before the advent of the internet.

In the last several years, though, things – especially online – have turned so negative that it’s been souring my excitement or enjoyment of movies (well, that, plus finding out that certain actors are not as nice in real life as they are in some of their movie roles).

Not only do average joe’s in comment boxes under professional movie reviews seem to have gotten bitter, hostile, and angry in the last few years, but professional movie reviewers have become extremely nit-picky.

At least one article I reference below contains quotes by someone who thinks fandom has always been negative, and had there been a Twitter in the 1980s and 1990s, that the fans would have been just as bad back then – I’m not sure I agree with that.

I do think social media has changed things (for the worse), but I also feel there’s been an overall shift in culture itself. I am not so sure that fans back in the ’80s and ’90s would have been as hateful as they have been behaving the last five to ten years.

Professional movie critics these days seem to have a personal vendetta against movies generally, or certain film franchises, genres, actors, or directors.

I don’t recall seeing that level of animosity from professional critics in the 1970s to the early 2000s.

Film critics back in the day seemed more detached, even-handed, and objective (which made their critiques easier and more enjoyable to read).

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Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

Actor Chris O’Dowd Criticizes Sexually Abusive Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein But He’s Got An Inconsistent Record About Women’s Issues

I was looking up information about the Irish abortion referendum debates recently, which is how I came across actor Chris O’Dowd’s name in the news and on some of my social media accounts.

O’Dowd is somewhat hypocritical or inconsistent on a few different topics. This is yet another one.

Here is the link I came across:

Irish actor Chris O’Dowd brands disgraced Harvey Weinstein a ‘pig’ and wishes he could ‘time travel a head-butt’ after working with producer several years ago – The Sun, by 

Excerpts from that article, which is dated October 2017:

The comedic actor [O’Dowd] said he was completely unaware of the string of sexual harassment claims against the 65-year-old when he worked with him a number of years ago

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Irish Entertainers Publicly Supporting Abortion – including U2 and Actor Chris O’Dowd (This Is Not A Good A Thing)

Irish Entertainers Publicly Supporting Abortion – including Pop Band U2 and Actor Chris O’Dowd (This Is Not A Good A Thing)

I’ve said it before on this blog, and I’ll no doubt have to say it again in the future, but celebrities really should keep their political views to themselves – and I’dd add they should keep their view on highly controversial, inflammatory topics, such as abortion, to themselves as well.

Before I address the annoying public celebrity commentary and support of a controversial issue, to get you up to date here is a link or to about what I’m discussing in this post:

Ireland abortion referendum – the key facts

On May 25 Irish people will vote on whether to relax the country’s strict abortion laws.

Irish abortion referendum: voters on both sides prepare to head home

Ireland divided ahead of abortion referendum

May 2018

Ireland’s strict anti-abortion law was enshrined in its constitution in 1983. No exceptions are made for rape, incest or foetal abnormality, but a later amendment does allow women to travel abroad for a termination.

The vote takes place on May 25th. If the current law is repealed, abortions will be allowed up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in most cases and up to 24 weeks if the women’s health is at risk.
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Which brings me to this:

Irish Celebrities Publicly Supporting Legalized Abortion

Irish celebrities have been turning up in the news to support the legalization of abortion in Ireland the last few weeks.

At first, I saw mentions of Irish pop band U2, but as of today, I’ve seen a few mentions of Irish actor Chris O’Dowd (who last I heard is residing in a Los Angeles home that he apparently paid around $870,000 in cash for, yet complaining at one time that some of the movie roles he’s accepted don’t pay enough!!), also publicly speaking out in support of abortion.

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Daredevil and Motorcyclist Evel Knievel’s Inspirational Words About Failure

Daredevil and Motorcyclist Evel Knievel’s Inspirational Words About Failure

You can read more about daredevil and motorcyclist Evel Knievel on Wikipedia.

I loved Knievel when I was a kid. I remember watching some of his stunts on television back then, especially the ones where he was on his motorcycle, jumping over many cars, or other obstacles.

I watched a televised biography of Knievel recently. He certainly had a temper when he was younger and had his flaws, but according to the biography I saw, when he got closer to death, he tried to make amends to anyone whom he had offended: he called people up to apologize to them, so there’s that.

Knievel also had some inspirational words to offer in an appearance he made – see below:

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