Happy International Women’s day! This post features 3 famous celebrity women who inspire us every day AND who struggle with their mental health!
The late Carrie Fisher is remembered for her iconic role as Princess Leia, but was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 24.
Instead of letting the mental condition deter her from her dreams, she became an advocate for mental illness by speaking publicly about her condition (one of the first!). Carrie even openly wrote and published for The Guardian, where she expressed and explained her mental health.
Her reach regarding mental health was so wide that her ashes were even placed in an urn resembling a giant Prozac pill!
Even supermodels such as Kendall Jenner struggle with anxiety every day, despite her multi-million-dollar career and international TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians!
The 22 year old star took last season off of work as a model, to stay at home and prioritize her own mental health. She later admitted that she felt like she was close to a nervous breakdown.
The model was quick to acknowledge how much she cherishes her family and career. ‘I feel very, very blessed and I think that I live a very extraordinary life,’ she gushed.
‘I wouldn’t change it for the world but there are days where I wish I could walk outside and nothing would be like it is right now.’
Lovato is there as the leader of Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health, an initiative that encourages people to share their stories of mental illness. Demi Lovato’s past was more destructive than most. She’s admitted to experiencing suicidal thoughts as early as seven years old. Her honesty has been a gift to many people who have experienced similar illnesses.
As a teen, she struggled with eating disorders, self-harm, a cocaine addiction, and alcohol abuse. “I knew at a young age that some of my behaviors were a problem.”
“When I was bulimic, I knew it was a problem. When I was anorexic, I knew it was a problem. But I wasn’t in a place where I could quit by myself.” Lovato is now an active advocate for promoting mental health and speaking up to get the help you need.
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