World Mental Health Day: Eight celebrities who are raising awareness about it

On World Mental Health Day, we bring to you looks at eight celebrities with various conditions who have raised awareness

From Stephen Fry and Glen Close to Prince Harry and Lady Gaga, more and more famous people are breaking down the stigma.


Zayn Malik

Former One Direction star Zayn Malik has been open about his anxiety since he talked about panic attacks which caused him to cancel performances in his 2016 autobiography.

He said “anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of” and admitted to being uncomfortable with “big groups of people.”

The singer has encouraged others to speak out, saying he feels when he finally did it had “a positive impact on everything that happened after it.”


Prince Harry

Prince Harry revealed last year that he has been “very close to total breakdown on numerous occasions.”

He said he blocked out his emotions for 20 years after the death of his mother, Princess Diana, in 1997, when he was just 12-years-old.

The prince said he was “on the verge of punching someone” when he started speaking to a counsellor and took up boxing, which he says really helped him.

Along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, he set up the mental health charity Heads Together.


Lady Gaga

Singer and actress Lady Gaga has been very open about suffering from depression after she was raped when she was 19-years-old.

She revealed she had PTSD in 2016, and said she struggles “with that mental illness every day.”

The multiple-Grammy award-winning singer has supported many mental health campaigns and said it is important to remind those with traumatic experiences they are loved and not alone.


Nicole Scherzinger

Singer Nicole Scherzinger revealed last year that she had an eating disorder when she was a teenager and during her time with The Pussycat Dolls.

She said her bulimia was “very imprisoning” and “stole all of my happiness, confidence and memories.”

The X Factor judge said, “Once I finally did come out about it, I realised how many people it had helped.”

“You should embrace and accept yourself more. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and love your curves.”


Gisele Bundchen

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen revealed earlier this month she had suicidal thoughts at the height of her career in the late 1990s, aged 23.

In her autobiography the 38-year-old Brazillian told of her panic attacks which then turned to thoughts of “maybe it will be easier if I just jump.”

She said that her life can look “perfect on the outside” and that it was “time to share my vulnerabilities,” revealing she was prescribed Xanax but did not want to rely on the pills so overhauled her lifestyle.


Glenn Close

Award-winning actress Glenn Close had dedicated her life to fighting the stigma surrounding mental illnesses after she was diagnosed with depression for the first time at the age of 61, in 2008.

The 71-year-old said she always thought she probably had ADHD, but “never realised that maybe I could get a little help.”

In 2010 she founded Bring Change 2 Mind with her sister, Jessie Close, who has bipolar disorder.

“The worst thing that a human can endure is to be so marginalised, to be left out, to not have connection, and those with mental illness are the people that fall through the cracks,” she told Moneyish.

“And stigma is the reason. It’s OK to talk about mental illness, and I like to.”


Stephen Fry

Actor Stephen Fry was diagnosed with bipolar disorder aged 37, which he said was the first time he had an explanation for “the massive highs and miserable lows I’ve lived with all my life”.

He was suicidal at 17 and spent years drinking vodka and taking cocaine to try to stop voices in his head.

Since his 2006 documentary, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, he has been a strong advocate for removing the stigma surrounding mental health.

He has been the president of MIND since 2011 and regularly speaks about mental health.

Source: Sky News