Famous people can really extend their celebrity in the most effective way when they get up close and personal with the public and talk about their struggles.
Mental health is a topic that still flies under the radar; in other words, famous folks are often hesitant to reveal a mental illness because they fear judgment and being looked upon as weak.
The stigma remains, but talking more about mental illness has broken down more barriers, and the celebrities who open up and share should be commended.
According to an item in the Chicago Tribune, royals Prince Harry and Prince William have recently immersed themselves into charity work that removes the stigma from mental illness. Harry spoke out about his own struggles following the passing of his mother Princess Diana. The prince admitted to suffering personally from grief and rage.
Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw was encouraged to see Prince Harry reveal his issues, and she also came forward about her depression and bipolar conditions during her athletic career. A documentary was developed about Holdsclaw’s story called “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw.”
The hoops star believes that more people should share their stories and help young people who might also be struggling with mental health issues. It’s alright to express feelings and emotions, says Holdsclaw.
Model Chrissy Teigen has always been outspoken on social media about a variety of topics and sharing family photos with her many fans. Few, however, knew that Teigen was also suffering from post-partum depression after having her baby daughter Luna.
She came forward and wrote an article for Glamour magazine, detailing her condition and fearing criticism. Teigen took a chance and shared her story with the publication because she wanted to instill hope in other women and to let them know they are not alone.
Superstar Mariah Carey also recently got frank with the world and opened up about her bipolar diagnosis. She told People magazine that she feared her famous singing career could be over by admitting her frailties. She has recently sought treatment and has received both therapy and medication.
Mariah is hoping her openness makes a positive impact on others. She is in a great place now and back to writing songs and making music.