6 More Celebrities Who Advocate For Therapy
Step aside, therapy shamers.
Not only is seeking mental health help vital when it comes to treating mental health issues, it can drastically improve a person’s quality of life. Research shows talking to a therapist can positively rewire the brain. It can also can help you find purpose and better handle life’s stressors.
Despite all of the perks, there’s still a cloud of stigma surrounding mental health issues. And it’s that type of shame that often prevents people from even seeking out a therapist in the first place.
Thankfully, more people in the public eye are dismantling the misguided notion that therapy is something unsavory rather than something beneficial. Take a look at some of the celebrity quotes below on the power of seeing a mental health professional. They’re proof that the process is nothing to feel shame over:
The Duchess of Cambridge
The royals have dedicated themselves to mental health awareness. In April 2016, the group launched “Heads Together,” an anti-stigma initiative in the United Kingdom. Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry have openly discussed how seeking professional services can make a world of difference when it comes to mental health challenges ― especially for young people.
“We need to help young people and their parents understand that it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help,” the duchess said at a mental health event in 2015.
The “How To Get Away With Murder” actor is known for his outspoken nature on social media ― and that includes therapy. During May’s Mental Health Awareness Month, McGorry tweeted about going to therapy and expressed how access to mental health support shouldn’t be limited.
“Therapy should be free for everyone, not just to those who can afford it,” he wrote. Amen.
Zeta-Jones discussed her bipolar disorder diagnosis with People magazine back in 2011, when it was arguably less common to discuss mental health in the public eye. The actress said she was happy to discuss her condition if it meant encouraging others to take care of their own wellbeing.
“This is a disorder that affects millions of people and I am one of them,” she said. “If my revelation of having bipolar II has encouraged one person to seek help, then it is worth it. There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help.”
The artist recently live streamed a session with her therapist on YouTube, where she opened up about her struggle with suicidal thoughts. She discussed the decision to publicize the session with Australian radio station KIIS FM and explained that therapy was an excellent tool for her emotional wellness.
“I’ve been going to therapy for about five years and I think it has really helped my mental health incredibly,” she said. “And it’s a really wonderful thing to be able to talk to someone who doesn’t judge you, because I don’t think a lot of people have that. I encourage it.”
Bloom, best known for her role in the hit show “Crazy Ex Girlfriend,” opened up to Glamour magazine about how she regularly saw a therapist. She then revealed that for her personally, she felt seeing a psychiatrist drastically improved her mental health. Her testimony is proof that mental health treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all, but it’s certainly worth it no matter what.
“I had gone to therapists, but for the first time I sought out a psychiatrist,” she said. “Each session improved my life. He diagnosed me with low-grade depression and put me on a small amount of Prozac. There’s a stereotype (I had believed) that antidepressants numb you out; that didn’t happen to me.”
The “Landline” actress gushed about getting mental health support in a recent interview with Marie Claire, stressing that seeking help shouldn’t be considered an insult. Instead, it should be celebrated.
“You know what’s weird about reality shows? Everything. A lot of the time, the ladies say to each other as an insult that they should go to therapy,” Slate said. ”Like, ‘You really need help, honey. I wish you well. You need to go to therapy.’ But every person needs to have someone to talk to. Therapy is beautiful.”