“I always knew that sharing my story was going to be the biggest part…And if I was brave enough to do it then I hope that other girls will also be brave enough to share back.” – Adwoa Aboah
These are the feelings of U.S. Vogue cover star Adwoa Aboah, which she shared in an interview with the Press Association. According to the 25-year-old British model, her struggles with drugs, drink and depression form an important part of who she is. The fashionista, who began taking drugs during her boarding school days, was sent to a rehab in Arizona for addiction treatment. Though she rose steadily in the fashion industry, she continued to battle depression and got back into rehab in Oct. 2015, where she attempted suicide.
Talking about the stigma surrounding mental illness, Aboah said that she thinks that people are terrified of speaking about depression and suicide and that going for treatment is something that is often looked down upon. Founder of the online platform, Gurls Talk, Aboah knew that the moment she started talking about her depression and suicide, it was something that she was going to do forever.
Aboah further said that while some celebrities have opened up about their struggles with mental health issues and substance abuse, on the whole, they often keep the treatment out of public eye. She feels that if celebrities become more open and share their stories about substance abuse and mental health issues, it will help break the stigma around it.
Often concerned about the impact the information might have on their personal and professional life, career and the constant worry as to what others might think of them, many celebrities chose to keep their mental health and substance abuse struggles private. Still, a few of them have shown courage and shared their experiences.
One such celebrity, who has shared her incredible journey to recovery, is Britney Spears. In an interview with the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, the 35-year-old American singer, dancer and actress revealed her struggles with mental health and fame. She talked candidly about her awful 20s, the highly-publicized breakdown in 2007, her divorce, time in rehab and the incredible support of her two children who helped her shape her personality.
Another celebrity to have come out of the closet is Christine “Chrissy” Teigen. The 31-year-old model, author, and T.V. host shared her battle with postpartum depression (PPD) post the birth of her child. While initially, she kept her illness private, in March 2017, the American model decided to open up about her experience with PPD and her feelings of depression and anxiety that left her unable to muster either the courage or the strength to leave her house. Crediting time with her healing, the model admitted to having finally reached a point where she now feels like herself again.
Disabling for the sufferer, the shame and stigma surrounding mental health illnesses can make them even more crippling. While many chose to suffer in silence, some chose to deal with the disorder head-on and seek treatment.
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