How Long Has Kim Kardashian West Been an Advocate for Mental Health?

There are a lot of things Kim Kardashian West is passionate about in life, but her involvement in social change is something she has always felt strongly about.

For the last few years, the reality star has worked hard to improve how people view many of today’s issues that aren’t really talked about in the media.

Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West | Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times

From prison reform to mental health improvements, Kardashian West advocates for issues that are near and dear to her heart and will continue to do so until she see the changes that need to happen.

Kardashian became passionate about mental health after producing a documentary on this issue

Kardashian West might just be a reality star to many people, but she has proved that there is a lot more to her than just glitz and glamour.

Aside from being a worldwide star, the KKW mogul is also a vocal proponent of social change and uses her platform to raise awareness on issues that people rarely talk.

Over this past year, Kardashian has fully invested her time into her prison reform efforts and so far, has helped free 17 people from incarceration.

Though Kardashian’s work within the judicial system continues to be applauded, prison reform isn’t the only social change she’s passionate about.

Ever since she produced “#RedFlag,” a film about mental health in the social-media age that aired on HLN back in 2015, Kardashian has felt strongly about this issue.

Although she’s never suffered from a mental illness, the reality star has been around people who do, which persuaded her to find ways in order to help those individuals.

“For me, I have experienced so many friends who have suffered from depression and other mental illnesses,” she said while participating in a Google hangouts video following the documentary’s release. “And because I’ve never experienced it, I don’t understand it. I wanted to really inform myself because it’s not just something that you can snap out of.”

Kardashian went on to note that there’s a stigma surrounding mental illness, which is something she wants to end using her massive platform.

“It’s something that I feel is a little bit taboo,” she said. “I also think it’s hard for people to admit they have a mental illness and I want them to know it’s okay. And there is help available.”

She believes that social media is the cause of people’s mental health issues

Though Kardashian has been working hard to raise awareness on this issue, her latest suggestion might improve people’s mental health overall.

While speaking about the issue at The New York Times DealBook Conference on November 6, the reality star discussed the new feature Instagram is testing out that will hide ‘likes’ and view counts from posts.

Instead of followers seeing your like count, users will be the only ones who can view this information.

Although this feature is still in the works, Kardashian is certain that taking ‘likes’ away will diminish the negative effects social media has on people’s mental health.

“But as far as mental health, I mean it’s something that taking the ‘likes’ away and taking that aspect away from it would be really beneficial for people,” she said. “And I know that the Instagram team has been having lots of inner conversations with a bunch of people to get everyone’s take on that and is taking it really seriously. That makes me happy.”

While the mother of four has never struggled with Instagram likes having a negative effect on her mental health, she believes that having this feature will help many others who do. 

“I find myself to be extremely mentally strong and I have people who are obsessed with the comments, and I find that to be really unhealthy,” she explained. “I struggle with having to step outside of how I feel and thinking about, ‘What if one of my children was like one of my friends who wasn’t as mentally strong and would really be affected by the comments?'”

“That would really affect me,” she admitted.