by G. Brown
It’s more common than you think. According to The World Health Organization(WHO), about in four people worldwide suffer from mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lifespan. Even more staggering than its prevalence is the organization’s belief that “nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional.” Most avoid treatment because of fear of discrimination or stigmas.
This information makes Michelle Williams’ decision to get help even more courageous. The former “Destiny’s Child” star’ has been very transparent about her decision last week to sign herself into a mental health facility. In a recent update Williams responded to all the outpouring of support from fans saying…”I feel the [love]! I just wanted to let you guys know I’m better,” On Twitter, the 37-year old singer added “Progress not Perfection!.”
Williams says she has always dedicated herself to making people aware of mental health concerns and know when it’s time to seek help. She says she recognized it was time for her to seek healthcare professionals in battling depression.
One of the many celebs to post words of support to Michelle was rapper Missy Elliott who said, “Please…No jokes this is REAl & as human beings let’s keep the ones who are openly with it uplifted & be encouraging to them!”
Celebs like who are being very open and honest about dealing with their inner mental demons are helping to lift the veil of secrecy and stigma about mental health.
Here are Four Other Mega Stars who have come out of the shadows to help others by sharing the truth about their own mental health problems.
#4 Chrissy Teigen With 19.1 million IG followers and another 10 million plus fans on Twitter, former model Chrissy Teigen has her finger firmly on the pulse of social media. Her sassy and often hilarious posts are among the most entertaining on social platforms. Her often quick, intelligent and passionate comments are full of life. So it’s hard to believe this vibrant mom of two and wife of singer John Legend battled to rejoice over all her blessings while suffering from postpartum depression. Teigen said, “I also just didn’t think it could happen to me. I have a great life. I have all the help I could need: John, my mother…a nanny. But postpartum does not discriminate….I couldn’t control it. And that’s part of the reason it took me so long to speak up: I felt selfish, icky, and weird saying aloud that I’m struggling…”
#3 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson He’s arguably the number one action-hero in the country whose latest movie “Skyscraper” is in theaters now. The Rock is the personification of strength with bulging muscles that look ready to pummel any foe. But the former wrestler turned action hero found his toughest opponent wasn’t in the ring or on the big screen, but in his mind. The Rock said, ” I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone…You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last…You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey its gonna be OK...”
#2 Janet Jackson Even before she reached stardom on her own talents, Janet was known as part of one of the most talented families in the world thanks to big brother Michael and the Jackson 5. But growing up in such a talented clan brought anxiety and pressure to the singer/actress that she could never outgrown. Jackson said in an interview with Essence Magazine, “Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority. It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards.” In her 40s Jackson said, “Happiness was elusive. A reunion with old friends might make me happy,… A call from a colleague might make me happy. But because sometimes I saw my failed relationships as my fault, I easily fell into despair.”
#1 Beyoncé She is the envy of many women and the object of desire many men. Some would say she has it all…a good looks, a loving family, fame, money. But celebrity after celebrity have proven money and fame are not the only problems in life. The woman adored by millions and millions worldwide says her mom was the person who got her to slow down and seriously consider her mental health. Beyonce said, “It was beginning to get fuzzy—I couldn’t even tell which day or which city I was at. I would sit there at ceremonies and they would give me an award and I was just thinking about the next performance.”
Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Chris Brown, Nicki Manaj , Zendaya, Mariah Carey and so many other celebs have suffered from depression, anxiety, mania, OCD and bipolar disorder. Their diagnosis vary, but one thing they all have in common. They all decided to get help when life was more than money, fame, and family could overcome.