#WorldMentalHealthDay2017

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room Mental Health... Sometimes it may feel like everyone around you is progressing and living fulfilling lives and admitting that you may be struggling can be hard.

More people than you think 1 in 4 within the UK and in fact millions across the world are working through mental health problems like depression and anxiety. It’s important to remember that mental health problems do not discriminate, can strike at any time disregarding a person’s situation or status.

To mark World Mental Health Day 2017 celebrities have spoken out honestly about their experiences coping with mental health problems. Below are a couple that have come forward to share their stories;


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Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds has shared that he struggled to cope with intense anxiety during the filming of Deadpool saying.

 

 ‘I never ever slept. Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle – just sitting straight, constantly working at the same time. The expectations were eating me alive.’

 

He credits his wife, Blake Lively for keeping him going during his mental health problems. 

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Demi Lovato

The singer and X-Factor judge had an eating disorder and self-harmed.

"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 deals with her recovery "day by day, sometimes hour by hour." She's taking her meds, exercising whenever she has time, and eating mindfully.

 


At Access for Success we feel strongly about removing the stigma from discussing these problems, below we have provided links to some of the top blogs surrounding positive mental health. 

1. What I Be Project

You won't find your average long-form blog posts here—just incredibly powerful visuals. What I Be Project is a photo series and blog created to help people not feel ashamed of their differences. Photographer Steve Rosenfield takes pictures of people who reveal and write their biggest insecurity (be it a mental illness, physical issue, or other traits) on their bodies and then pose for the camera to share it with the world.

2. We're All Mad Here

After visiting one anxiety forum after another, U.K. native Claire Eastham became fed up with the negative conversations surrounding anxiety and depression. So on her personal blog, she tries to be as useful and positive as possible to give hope that these things can be managed—and to remind you that yes, other people also feel the pressure to be happy too. She writes about everything from overcoming obstacles that sabotage goals to her experience as an introvert. Before taking her advice, however, remember that she's speaking from personal experience (and is not a licensed expert).

3. Let's Talk About Mental Health

Jessica Walsh is a graphic designer living in New York. After sharing her personal struggle and history with anxiety, depression, and eating disorders as part of a project entitled 12 Kinds of Kindness, she received messages from friends and colleagues regarding their own mental health battles. Now she's created the blog Let's Talk About Mental Health, where readers can submit their own stories. She turns them into beautiful graphics that she ultimately posts on Instagram.

You can find all the information and more covered on this blog post by following the below links;

https://greatist.com/live/mental-health-blogs

https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers

http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/celebrity-news/celebrities-speak-out-about-mental-health-12047

 


Darrel Mulgrew