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16 Celebrities Who Help Raise Awareness Regarding Mental Health Disorders

Helping break down the stigma, one voice at a time.

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3. Carrie Fisher / Via

"One of the things that baffles me (and there are quite a few) is how there can be so much lingering stigma with regards to mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder. In my opinion, living with manic depression takes a tremendous amount of balls."

6. Russell Brand / Via

"I know that I have dramatically changing moods, and I know sometimes I feel really depressed, but I think that's just life. I don't think of it as, 'Ah, this is mental illness,' more as, 'Today, life makes me feel very sad.'"

7. Emma Thompson / Via

"I suffer from occasional mild depression, which I think is a very common thing – it’s fantastically common in my country and probably in yours, too – and it’s a very much hidden thing people don’t talk about. I think it should be discussed."

9. Demi Lovato

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"I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything."

12. Josh Thomas

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"If you live with someone that is depressed, the truth of it - it's not that dramatic, it's just a bit, kind of, 'Here we go, this is what we're doing today. This is sad. But we're gonna get through it.'"

14. Jon Hamm / Via

"I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me. Which is what therapy does: it gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, your own bullshit. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think: ‘I want to get up in the morning; I don’t want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my s**t and go to work and ...’ Reset the auto-meter, kickstart the engine."

15. Lady Gaga / Via

"I learned that my sadness never destroyed what was great about me. You just have to go back to that greatness, find that one little light that's left. I'm lucky I found one little glimmer stored away."

17. Mel C / Via

"What I have learned is that our bodies are such incredible machines and if one thing is wrong then something else will over-compensate.

But you can only live that way for so long until there is a problem and your body starts saying ‘Right, we can’t do this any more’."

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