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Cara Delevingne Just Opened Up About Her Mental Health

The supermodel shared her experience of depression as a teenager in the hope of helping others.

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Last year Cara Delevingne revealed that she experienced depression as a teenager, and wanted to encourage others to speak openly about mental health.

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She told The Edit: "I felt alienated and alone because I was like: 'What's wrong with me?' I always wanted people to love me, so I never got angry with them; I turned my anger on to myself. Mental illness goes unseen but hopefully I don't want it to be unheard."

She said:

They're such turbulent years – a mayhem of hormones and emotions and feelings. I didn't know how to communicate my emotions. I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing, I'm very lucky. But I had depression. I had moments where I didn't want to carry on living. But then the guilt of feeling that way and not being able to tell anyone because I shouldn't feel that way just left me feeling blame and guilt.

It was realising that I shouldn't be ashamed of feeling these things, and that I wasn't alone – learning that everyone goes through similar things. That being vulnerable is actually a strength not a weakness, and showing your emotion and being honest about it [is good.]

If you learn to love yourself and not give in to what other people think about you or not care what they think, and just follow your dreams, you can achieve anything. And that's what I want to be for teenagers – not necessarily a role model, but someone who has gone through it and come out the other side.

Help and information about depression can be found here.

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