Although more and more people are becoming aware of mental health and the illnesses that come with it, there are still some who feel the need to say "it's all in your mind" or "happiness is a choice."
It's a good thing celebrities have started speaking up about their own struggles. This paves the way for us to talk about mental health issues out in the open, where those who are struggling can find a support system.
Here, a list of local celebs who shared their experiences with anxiety and depression:
During a special forum called #LetsTalkLetsListen, Belle urged everyone to break the stigma and talk about mental health. She also talked about the dangers of social media:
"It generates this jealousy and it generates this [mindset of] 'I'm not good enough,' 'I'm not as pretty,' 'I'm not as thin,' 'I'm not traveling as much,' and you have this anxiety. And with me, I felt like I need to be relevant, I need to be talked about. I need to post something today, otherwise, people will forget me. I won't have a career. It's just this anxiety that traps you, and if I didn't have my amazing friends, family, and support system to tell me that you're gonna get through this, I don't know where I would be."
In a blog entry, Solenn wrote that she experienced an anxiety attack during a time when she had fewer job opportunities.
"I couldn't understand what was happening to me. Clearly, more people had bigger problems than me. Yet I was still struggling mentally and emotionally, but at the same time, I didn't think I had valid reasons to be struggling. So I didn't want to talk to my family or my friends about it, because I was afraid to be judged and I was afraid they would get so worried. I didn't want to see a psychologist, because I couldn't admit that there was something wrong with me.”
Ylona became so stressed from the social media hate she was getting that it took a toll on her health. She tweeted: "I have to be honest, it really stressed me out and I spent hours trying to find ways to make sure everyone would be happy and okay, to the fact where I forgot to take care of myself. To the point where I ended up in the hospital."
On Instagram, Kiana uploaded a photo of the tattoo on the back of her neck and narrated the story behind it.
"I was dealing with anxiety and depression and reached the point where I didn't even notice I was hurting myself physically. It wasn't until a friend pointed out that I had scratches and scars across the back of my neck that I realized I was lost and needed help. Two years later, with the combined help of God, my family, amazing friends, and Sam, I'm able to deal with my anxiety in a healthier way. No more scratches! Just a reminder that I'm saved. If you're going through something, don't be afraid to let people in. Let your loved ones love you."
After commenters accused her of being anorexic on social media, Jasmine said, "I'm a mental health advocate and I myself have gone through depression and anxiety. And for a while, bumalik siya because I felt like that was all I heard."
Sofia took to Twitter and Instagram and wrote a heartfelt message for those struggling with anxiety and depression:
"To all the survivors struggling tonight, I see you and your strength, you are not weak. I'm doing this right now because maybe at least it can help my mind to recover from worrying from thinking. Maybe you're crying or sobbing so hard right now and you can barely breathe. You know what? Breathe! You're going to be okay. Breathe, and you know you can survive. It's painful but you can sit with it and eventually they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon. You are not your anxiety."
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