Mental Health and Fame

Date: Sep 14, 2018

The issue of Mental Health is ever more present in our society. The good news about this is that more people are encouraged to talk about what is affecting them, and then to seek help.

Sadly, though, there are still large numbers of people who feel they cannot open up about issues which may be impacting on them. Some people feel they may be stigmatised for being honest, or that it may have a negative effect on their workplace or family.

The truth is that 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a Mental Health issue at some point in their lives. That makes it a very common occurrence, and one which we must feel comfortable talking about, so that collectively we can help each other to better mental health.

Below is a list of famous people, all of whom are at the top of their industry, and have each come forward to discuss and share their struggles with Mental Health issues.

We hope that if you are reading this and are worried about your own health, it may give you the confidence to talk to someone and begin to get better.

Ryan Reynolds

During the filming of his movie Deadpool, Reynolds spoke about his severe anxiety, leading to lack of sleep, fear of failure and stress resulting from a weight of expectation he worried he could not meet.

Reynolds said ‘The expectations were eating me alive…I never slept and was just constantly working. Blake [Reynolds’ wife] helped me through that. I’m lucky to have her around.’

Lady Gaga

The pop icon told a US news network:‘I suffer from a mental illness; I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone. But the kindness that’s been shown to me, by doctors as well as my family and my friends, it’s really saved my life. I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself and I found that kindness is the best way. One way to help people that have trauma is to inject them with as many positive thoughts as possible. It’s priceless.’

Gwyneth Paltrow

The A-list actress suffered Post Natal Depression after the birth of her second child, which was something totally unexpected and ended up becoming ‘one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life.’

Ellie Goulding

After finding fame and success at a young age, Ellie Goulding began having severe anxiety and panic attacks. She said ‘I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face. I used to beat myself up about it.’

Goulding sought cognitive therapy and has since learned to manage her anxiety, which she says has ‘changed my life.’

Jim Carrey

The famed comedian and actor suffered crippling depression which led to him becoming almost a total recluse for a long period of time. He has spoken about his battles with depression, and that he treated the illness with prescribed medication for a number of years.

Having shared his issues and sought further help by way of meditative practices and other spiritual healings, Carrey now counts himself as ‘one of the lucky ones’ who has become stronger because of his willingness to face his Mental Health head on.

John Green

The author and screenwriter behind The Fault in our Stars has spent much of his adult life managing his own mental illness. He is a staunch advocate for openness, honesty and most importantly acceptance of Mental Health so that others do not stay silent.

‘Like millions of others, I take medication to help treat my mental illness. Treating chronic medical conditions must not be stigmatised.’ Said Green.

Simon Pegg

The British actor and comedian found that despite achieving more than his wildest dreams, he was still very unhappy, and it took time to admit that a diagnosis of depression was the reality. By tackling the problem he has found a greater enjoyment in his life and has been able to manage his symptoms by being honest about them.

“It was interesting to me that I wasn’t in dire straits in terms of my family or financially or career-wise,” said Pegg. “All of that was fine, the fact it was all fine made it even more confusing as to why I was so desperately unhappy.”

“I was depressed, I had always been susceptible to it. But at the same time as I started to ascend into what would conventionally be regarded as a success, I was going down. I had some really hairy moments.”

Mental Health issues can affect any one of us. So don’t be silenced by fear; if you need to talk to someone, please do it.

Who should I talk to?

Talk to someone you can trust such as family and friends, but if you feel this is not sufficient then contact your GP. Your GP may suggest natural ways to improve your wellbeing such as exercise, or may suggest medication and/or counselling.

Can anyone else help?

You can contact the Mental Health support line managed by national charity Mind on 0300 123 3393, or 86463 on text.

If you are supported by The Avalon Group and would like to speak to someone about an issue you may be facing, please contact your local team. Scroll to the bottom of this page and select the name of your local office from the list to find the phone number and email address.


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