David Harbour and Other Celebs Who Have Been Candid About Their Mental Health

Many celebrities have opened up over the years about their mental health. And some, such as Lady Gaga, have even done outreach to help others. Here are some stars who have chosen to be vulnerable with the public about their mental health.

David Harbour on the 'Saturday Night Live' stage
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David Harbour

Stranger Things actor David Harbour went on the Blank Podcast to discuss how acting has given him a “lifeline” as he lives with bipolar disorder. “It has made working even more vital to me — it’s kind of a lifeline,” he said. “If I wasn’t an artist I’d be a lot worse off and it’s made work more vital.” Harbour was diagnosed years ago and in previous interviews has stated that he kept it under wraps because he feared he’d lose out on acting jobs.

Lady Gaga

Several years ago, Lady Gaga revealed that she has post traumatic stress disorder due to a sexual assault that happened to her at age 19. In 2018, she told Self magazine that the PTSD has contributed to emotional pain and physical pain. She remains an advocate for mental health and sexual assault survivors.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey did an interview with People in 2018 where she told the world about her bipolar diagnosis, which she first learned about in 2001. Like Harbour, she thought sharing her diagnosis would reflect poorly on her career, but she decided to get professional help and wanted to tell her story. Carey said:

“I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love — writing songs and making music. I’m hopeful we can get to a place where the stigma is lifted from people going through anything alone. It can be incredibly isolating.”

Mariah Carey in a black dress
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Jared Padalecki

Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has been open about his ups and downs with depression and anxiety, and he wound up inspiring fans to speak about their own struggles. Padalecki’s charity work includes the launch of his Always Keep Fighting campaign, which is in partnership with the organization To Write Love On Her Arms. It supports people dealing with depression, suicidal thoughts, and other mental illnesses.

Jared Padalecki headshot smiling
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Demi Lovato

Singer Demi Lovato has been open about her bipolar disorder. She too has experienced substance abuse problems and an eating disorder. Lovato is committed to helping others as a mental health advocate and works with communities around the world to raise awareness and provide support.

Sophie Turner

Games of Thrones actor Sophie Turner appeared on Dr. Phil’s podcast to talk about her experience with depression and cyberbullying. It affected her to the point where she didn’t want to go anywhere, and it drove her to tears. She credits therapy and her husband with helping her get to a better place. She said:

“I love myself now — or more than I used to. I’m now with someone that makes me realize, you know, that I do have some redeeming qualities, I suppose. And when someone tells you they love you every day, it makes you realize why that is, and I think it makes you love yourself a bit more.”

Serena Williams

As a new mom, Serena Williams admitted she had difficulty navigating postpartum emotions. Along with that, there have been moments in her career that have caused her mental and physical distress. But in her 2018 essay published in Harper’s Bazaar, she spoke about the need to seek therapy. She continues to speak out about mental health issues.   

Ruby Rose

Model and actor Ruby Rose told her own story about dealing with PTSD, suicidal thoughts, and depression. In a lengthy Instagram post, Rose described her experiences, which began during her childhood and continued into adulthood. She ended her message with a note about self-love and self-care.

How to get help: In the U.S. and Canada, text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 to reach a crisis counselor for support.