For many people, mental health is something that's not easy to talk about. Whether it's anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, basically everyone you meet is impacted by mental illness in one way or another. While some people are lucky enough to never experience these things themselves, they'll probably have a family member or friend who does and feel the impact of their loved ones suffering. Apart from just the people around you, there are also plenty of celebrities who struggle with their mental health on a regular basis, and a few of them have even been super candid about it. Here are five Canadian celebrities who struggle with mental health.
First off, let's start by saying that there is no shame in having any sort of mental illness. It's important to know that you're never alone, and if you need someone to talk to, your resources are endless. There's something sort of comforting in knowing that people who are idolized by fans all over the world may be struggling with the same things as you. Perhaps you'll even find some comfort or inspiration in the things these Canadian celebrities had to share about their experience dealing with mental illness.
If you've ever seen a Jim Carrey movie, you're probably familiar with the actors' awesome sense of humour and tremendous acting ability. What you might not know though, is that Carrey actually struggles with depression.
"I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized that, you know, everything's just OK," the actor said in an interview with 60 Minutes back in 2004.
Carrey has also been very candid about using sobriety and spirituality as ways to deal with his mental health, both of which have been very effective for him.
If you're looking at Ryan Reynolds' life from the outside, it really looks like he has it all - a beautiful wife and kids, amazing best friends, charming good looks, and a successful career. As it turns out though, Reynolds actually deals with anxiety just like many of us.
In an interview with GQ, Reynolds opened up about his experience with anxiety after filming Deadpool. "When it ﬁnally ended, I had a little bit of a nervous breakdown. I literally had the shakes. I went to go see a doctor because I felt like I was suffering from a neurological problem or something. And every doctor I saw said, 'You have anxiety.'"
If you've ever watched Howie Mandel on TV, you may have heard about his struggles with OCD and ADHD. Mandel has always been candid about his illnesses but wants more people to acknowledge how these things can affect relationships and families as well.
Mandel's son, Alex, also suffers from OCD, but the pair are able to support one another through their issues. "You don't have to have OCD, depression or anxiety to recognize the importance of mental health. We are all affected and we all need to find the coping skills to be the most productive, happy people we can be," Mandel said at a Family Matters event.
When he was in his prime, playing the role of Chandler Bing on Friends, Matthew Perry was also battling an unimaginable illness - addiction. Over the years, Perry has been incredibly candid about his struggles, opening up about his abuse of alcohol, Vicodin, and methadone.
"You can’t have a drug problem for 30 years and then expect to have it solved in 28 days. Getting sober is a really hard thing to do,” Perry told People back in 2013.
Of all the celebrities on this list, Shawn Mendes may be the easiest to relate with because he's so young. Mendes skyrocketed into fame at a young age, and at just 21-years old, the Canadian singer is working a rigorous schedule, touring all around the world.
In recent years, Mendes has opened up about his anxiety. "I knew people who had suffered from anxiety and found it kind of hard to understand, but then when it hits you, you’re like, ‘Oh my God, what is this? This is crazy.’ That song is complete truth and the best thing about it is, it’s not all down. The whole reason I wrote [‘In My Blood’] was to be like, at the end, ‘It’s not in my blood to do that.’”, Mendes told Zane Lowe in a Beats 1 interview.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a local helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.
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