Why Are More Celebrities Like Justin Bieber and Britney Spears Speaking Out on Mental Health?
For far too long there has been a stigma surrounding mental health. This stigma has not only made it difficult for many people to get help, but it has limited the number of services available to help those who are suffering. Now that more and more people are coming forward and demanding a change, we are finally seeing celebrities join the cause.
Some high profile celebrities are teaming up to bring more light to mental health. Oprah Winfrey, for example, has teamed up with Prince Harry to create an Apple TV+ series on the subject.
Other celebs have been more open about their own personal struggles and the self-care they’re using to help heal old wounds. Britney Spears has begun sharing more details about her struggles. Justin Bieber has also started sharing how he handles his mental health problems.
Why are more celebrities like Justin Bieber and Britney Spears speaking out on mental health now, and can it really make a difference?
Justin Bieber wrestles with his past
Justin Bieber has been transparent about his battle with depression. It has been suggested by mental health professionals that because his career started at such an early age, he might have a hard time dealing with his feelings. He has recently mentioned that he feels like people are using him, and he doesn’t know who he can trust. He was clear that his new wife is not part of the problem.
According to Page Six, Bieber shared a selfie to his Instagram story with the caption, “Therapy session — It’s cool to have a healthy mind and healthy emotions,” he shared with his 108 million followers.
He is not alone with his history of depression. Many celebrities and the wealthy, struggle with depression, and confusion about who to let into their inner circle. It can be difficult to wake up one day and not know if your closest friends are only using you for your money or status. Child stars seem to struggle with this the most.
Britney Spears discusses her mental breakdown
As news sets in that Britney Spears might lose her father to a life-threatening illness, the pop singer plunged into a deep depression. She has been admitted to a mental health facility for 30 days. Her Las Vegas show has reportedly been put on hold while she tries to get herself healthy again.
“Britney was having a hard time dealing with her dad’s health issues. Britney hasn’t been drinking or doing drugs or anything, she just has some very difficult emotional and mental health issues. She’s gone away to try to deal with her issues before they get worse,” a source told Page Six.
This is not the first time that Britney Spears has needed help. Back in 2007, she was photographed having a mental breakdown. The world watched as she shaved her head and caused a lot of property damage. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
A-listers want to destigmatize mental health
If we want to get past the stigma associated with mental health disorders, we need more people to come forward. Famous faces and celebrities have a platform and fan base that can start a huge movement. Look at what happened with the “Me Too” movement. Once stars began telling their story, powerful men lost their positions of authority.
May is mental health awareness month, and we are expecting more A-listers and healthcare professionals to chime in on the subject. Not only do we need to destigmatize the problems, but we need to make treatment affordable to everyone that needs it.
The reason more celebrities like Justin Bieber and Britney Spears are speaking out on mental illness is that they want more people to get help. They don’t want to struggle with it and they don’t want anyone else to have these problems.
If you believe you might be dealing with mental health issues, or you feel off in any way, seek professional help. You can find free resources at MentalHealth.gov.