Health is one thing that doesn't differentiate between creed. Mental health, even more so. You could have the best job, the most glamorous career, or be the most attractive person in the room, and still be ravaged by a mental illness, regardless of how hard you try to be happy. For this reason, and the unpredictability of its symptoms, someone suffering from a mental illness often feel very easily discouraged about their recovery or fight against it. However, there are words of wisdom out there to help us, and they come from none other than our favourite celebrities. Also people who have gone through mental health issues of their own, these people have used their fame to share their experiences and to try help banish the taboo associated with mental illnesses. These words of encouragement and understanding offer valuable advice and a sense of hope to everyone out there struggling.
"I'm on medication for my anxiety. Why am I saying this? Because it's a completely normal thing. It's a biological problem. If you had a constant stomach pain, wouldn't you go to the doctor? It's that simple."
"Today, I say I live with depression rather than I struggle with it because for me (and I speak only for myself here) I don't see why it has to be a struggle."
"I think when people refer to me as being bipolar, it's something that is true - I am bipolar - but I don't like people to use it as a label. It's something I have, it's not who I am."
"I did not want to be in the situation I was. I wanted to come out of it desperately. As they say that every solution is within your own self, I found the strength within me."
Shah Rukh Khan
"Somehow there is this feeling of emptiness. I have this restlessness, strangeness, which I fill up with my acting. A lot of things which are Bollywood-like or flamboyant in me are actually to cover up my emotions. To avoid depression, I act."
"I think the first part in really healing yourself is being aware that there's something really wrong in the first place. I think that's the most - strangely - defining moment for me. I think it's important for everybody to get themselves checked - mental health is something that's very important."
"Disappointed, yes I am...but then life fills you with new hope, new friends."
"We girls, we're taught to be almost too resilient, to be strong and sexy and cool and laid-back; the girl who's down. We also need to feel allowed to fall apart."