It's no secret that mental health has been an untouched topic of discussion within the African American community. The stigma behind mental disorders, therapy, and more is a known factor in our struggle.
There was a time where admitting to battling those inner untamed demons was considered the ultimate taboo. Society has evolved since then, but not completely. Luckily for us, we have the examples of these brave celebrities who have spoken out publicly about their mental health issues.
Sitting out of games caused the tennis superstar to have depression after having surgery due to a pulmonary embolism.
Mariah opened up to People about seeking treatment for bipolar disorder. She was diagnosed in 2001 but reached out for professional help years later because she "didn't want to believe it."
Even legendary actress Halle Berry opened up about a specific threatening moment when she wanted to take her life. Her break up from David Justice was enough to consider committing suicide. However, she told Parade it was the thought of her mother finding her body that made her reconsider.
Gucci Mane was a new and improved man after his long prison stint, but that's not how he entered. The rapper spoke on The Breakfast Club about not exactly feeling depressed, but more "freaked out." He explained, "Right before I got locked up I had five or six pending cases, I was mad. I think I was homicidal, I wanted to hurt somebody and I felt like that would make me feel better.”
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Variety was able to sit with the actress in April 2019, who was ready to come clean about dealing with depression. She explained she still suffers from increasing axiety, but she "talks to a therapist regularly."
The iconic Janet Jackson has been the picture of "perfection" throughout her career. However, even those who seem perfect on the outside still deal with struggles on the inside. Janet penned an essay to Essence about dealing with depression.
Jenifer Lewis is everybody's favorite aunty. However, the actress told NewsOne how hard it was to accept her bipolar disorder diagnosis 20 years ago. She also advises to "love yourself" in order to become a better you.
Wayne is a huge advocate for "let's do something about it" when he comes on to mental disorders. The comedian/host admitted to having mental breakdowns from having a "bad life." He advised while talking to ET, "Just admitting that you are feeling this way is a huge step."
"The Rock" looks tough as nails, but that's not how he was feeling in his 20s. The actor spoke on Oprah's Master Class about getting through depression by realizing he wasn't alone.
Not only did Kerry suffer from depression, but she also had an eating disorder. The beloved Scandal "fixer" had no shame in speaking out about seeking therapy and fighting against the hindering social stigma.
The American Idol icon went through a very public breakdown that led to her attempting to take her life in 2010. She later explained that she was dealing with depression due to an "overload" of emotions she's carried throughout the years.
Career moves had to be put on hold for the rapper, who admitted to feeling "lost" at some point in life. Sean seeking therapy and speaking to spiritual peers brought him "clarity," which helped him enjoy pursuing his first love: music.
Athletes aren't immune to mental health problems, either. The NFL player started Project375 with his wife since being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. The organization is fashioned to help anyone in need.
Karamo is constantly seen on Queer Eye helping other people deal with their mental health. That's because the tough topic was once an issue for him, since attempting suicide almost 13 years ago.
Michelle exclusively told Essence about battling with depression in hopes of inspiring others to seek treatment. The former Destiny's Child member also unveiled how her relationship with God helped her heal.
She's even shared updates with fans via Instagram since checking into a mental health facility of July last year.
If you find yourself suffering with any mental health issue or just need someone to talk to, remember: "It’s okay to not be okay.”