5 Celebrities Who Are Mental Health Advocates

Sometimes it can be hard to come out about the fact that you’re struggling with a mental health disorder. If you don’t know anyone else who openly talks about these issues, it can feel like you’re a little bit alone.

Fortunately, as time goes on, more and more celebrities are openly discussing their battles with mental health. As more and more well-respected individuals like these can be open about struggling with mental health issues, people like us might come to realize that mental health issues affect everyone, and the best thing that we can do to manage them is to be honest with ourselves and seek help.

Lady Gaga

You might be able to tell from her music that Lady Gaga has a very interesting mind. She has used her unique perspective to form the Born This Way Foundation, an organization that – while not exclusively focused on mental health – aims to help youth who are struggling with a variety of different issues.

A couple years ago (2017) Lady Gaga also had a video chat with Prince William in which they both came out about their struggles with mental health and the therapy that they used to help them manage these issues.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey has been fighting with an unsettling diagnosis since the turn of the millennium: in 2001, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It took her more than 15 years to come out to the public about her condition, but in April of 2018 she revealed the truth.

She said that the burden was too difficult for her to bear alone, and found treatment helped her with her condition.

The Rock

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson revealed that he developed a case of depression after watching his mom attempt to commit suicide. He recommends that anyone struggling with depression or other mental health issues to seek help, and to recognize that nobody’s really alone in this.

Bam Margera

Bam Margera has openly struggled with addictions to drugs, as well as eating disorders. Bam Margera most recently came out on Viceland’s show “Epicly Later’d,” where he gave more details including the fact that he would drink to suppress his appetite.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s experience with depression shows that the flipside of being a celebrity can be surprising and downright unpleasant. He reports that he developed a serious case of depression after being constantly pursued by the media.

Feelings of isolation – a lack of genuine connection – from being followed by the paparazzi all the time led to him being unhappy.

How to Find a Therapist

If these public figures can come out about their mental health issues, what’s stopping you? There are plenty of resources that you can use to find a therapist:

  • E-counseling will help link you up with an online therapist that you can communicate with anytime, anywhere.
  • Good Therapy is another online service that can help you find a therapist for a number of different issues.
  • Psychology Today is one of the older and more reliable services for helping people locate a therapist.

Don’t hesitate – the sooner that you seek help for your mental health issues, the better!

 

Eight Celebrities Who You Might Not Have Known Were Huge Gamers

Celebrities are people, too, and sometimes people just like to switch off and play video games. Games offer universal appeal – fun, variety, challenges, relaxation, progression and competition, so it’s not surprising that there are at least some celebrities who enjoy them.

The sheer variety of genres available means that games can appeal to everyone, online gamblers included. Online classics such as poker, blackjack and roulette still prove popular in the modern age, with celebrities offer making an appearance at the poker table. Online bonuses will help you get experience with these popular games, and join ranks with these celebrity gamers.

Terry Crews

Yes, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor and former NFL player is a huge gamer, but this is a fairly recent development. Crews said in an interview that his son got him into video games and they decided to build a PC together. That’s more than a lot of self-professed gamers would say they’ve done.

Henry Cavill

Superman is also a super gamer, as it turns out. Cavill is reportedly really into World of Warcraft and he missed the phone call from Zach Snyder telling him that he had got the part to be Superman in Man of Steel because he was too busy playing the MMORPG.

Olivia Munn

The actor, known for being in X-Men: Apocalypse and the TV show, The Newsroom, used to co-present Attack of the Show! which was a pop culture show that discussed, among other things, video games. She is reportedly very into Guitar Hero and Call of Duty and has played them until the early hours of the morning.

Robin Williams

The legendary actor and comedian, who passed away in 2014, was so into The Legend of Zelda games that he named his daughter after the title character. He was also another celebrity really engrossed in World of Warcraft.

Jessica Alba

The Fantastic Four actor grew up with gaming, playing Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda as a child. She also bought all of her Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer costars a Nintendo DS after filming wrapped.

Ice-T

The rapper and actor, now famous for starring in Law and Order: SVU, is very much into video games and has even lent his voice to some. He voiced a character in GTA: San Andreas and in Gears of War 3. He loves Call of Duty, and who could forget this incredible line from an episode of Law and Order?

Matthew Perry

Chandler from Friends was so into shooter-RPG Fallout 3 that he developed carpal tunnel syndrome from playing it so much. In fact, he was such a huge fan that he actually got a voice part in the next game in the series, Fallout: New Vegas, playing Benny, a fairly major character in the game.

Ronda Rousey

The former UFC champion and current WWE wrestler has a Pokémon obsession. She has owned every single generation of Pokémon games, ever since the series debuted over 20 years ago. She claims to achieve a perfect score on Pokémon Snap and has played the Pokémon Stadium games. Even more amazingly, in her teens, she moderated a Pokémon fan forum.

Biggest Celebrity News of 2017

Oscar Disaster:
It was easily the biggest flub in award show history: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway stood on the stage at the Academy Awards on Feb. 26 and announced the wrong best picture winner. Warren opened the card first and looked at it somewhat blankly. He then handed it to Faye, who announced that “La La Land” had won. Oops! The actual winner was “Moonlight.” The duo had been given the wrong card — a backup envelope announcing best actress winner Emma Stone, who starred in “La la Land” — by a PricewaterhouseCoopers staffer who’d been tweeting backstage moments before. Faye simply saw the movie title next to Emma’s name and announced it. Chaos ensued and the Oscar statuettes were literally taken out of the hands of the producers of “La La Land” and placed into the hands of the “Moonlight” producers once the mistake was realized. The accounting firm later issued a statement claiming “full responsibility” for the debacle. What a mess!

Manchester Bombing:
A tragic and senseless act shook the entertainment world to its core on May 22. As fans exited Ariana Grande’s show inside the 21,000-seat Manchester Arena that evening, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the venue’s rotunda, killing 22 — including an 8-year-old girl — and injuring more than 60 others. British authorities quickly ruled it a terrorist It was reported that Ariana’s mother helped rush several fans backstage after hearing the bomb go off. Several hours later, Ariana flew home to Florida and tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.” On June 4, Ariana returned to Manchester for a charity concert, also included music heavyweights Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and the Black Eyed Peas. About $13 million was raised, with proceeds earmarked for victims and their families. “I love you guys so much, and I think the kind of love and unity you’re displaying is the medicine the world needs right now,” Ariana told the crowd of 50,000.

Clooney Baby:
George Clooney and Amal Clooney became parents to twins on June 6. The couple announced the pirth of their son and daughter in a statement that, as usual, employed a little humor at the actor’s expense. “This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days,” the statement read. The twins, who both have dark hair, were born in London, where they will also be raised.

Jay-Z & Beyonce twins:
It seemed like it took forever to happen, but on June 13, Beyonce and JAY-Z welcomed their twins, a boy and a girl. The couple named them Sir and Rumi. A few days later, TMZ reported that the babies were born premature and were “under the lights,” which likely refers to the phototherapy that’s used on babies who have jaundice. The kids, however, are fine. Beyonce finally confirmed the births herself with an epic Instagram post on July 13.

Vegas Mass Shooting:
Country music will always remember Oct. 1, 2017. So will Las Vegas. On that day, while Jason Aldean was performing, capping off the three-day Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Vegas, a gunman began firing down onto the crowd of roughly 25,000 people. After a flurry of gunshots, which went on for more than 10 minutes, finally ended, 58 people were dead and over 500 were injured. It was the worst mass shooting in United States history. The gunman, who was firing from his room on the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay hotel, took his own life. Afterward, Jason took to Instagram. “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that Me and my Crew are safe,” he wrote. “My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate.” A few days later, Jason and his wife returned to Vegas to visit with victims in the hospital. Just six days after the shooting, he performed on “Saturday Night Live,” opening the show by stating, “This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, I’m struggling to understand what happened that night and how to pick up the pieces and start to heal. So many people are hurting. There are children, parents, brothers, sisters, friends — they’re all part of our family. So I want to say to them: We hurt for you and we hurt with you. But you can be sure we’re going to walk through these tough times together, every step of the way, because when America is at its best, our bond and our spirit, it’s unbreakable.”

Ben & Jen Split:
On April 13 — almost two years after she and Ben Affleck announced that their 10-year marriage was ending — Jennifer Garner finally filed for divorce. The split, as expected, was totally amicable. There is no prenuptial agreement so they’ll have to divvy up whatever they’ve earned during their marriage. Ben finally moved out of their family home in late April.