Mental health is something that we tend to shove under the rug and treat as less important than other things, even though it is so, so important for all of us. 

Now, with people opening up about their struggles and sharing their stories, we are focusing more on mental health, and reminding ourselves and others that it is as important as physical health. 

Celebrities like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus have been vulnerable and discussed mental health, motivating fans to do the same, and sparking an inspiring conversation. 

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1. Miley Cyrus

“I went through a time where I was really depressed. Like, I locked myself in my room and my dad had to break my door down. It was a lot to do with, like, I had really bad skin, and I felt really bullied because of that. But I never was depressed because of the way someone else made me feel, I just was depressed,” she said on depression.

So glad she is leading the conversation on mental health and feeling a lot better these days!

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2. Lena Dunham

“I feel like there’s this glamour, when you look at like a Tennessee Williams play, where the woman who has a psychological illness is in fur, laid out on a chaise,” she said

“Whereas in reality, a woman with mental illness or a woman who is struggling with her psychological wellbeing is often in sweats and in a t-shirt that used to belong to her dad and is covered in food bits.”

Lena talked about her own anxiety, how medication has helped her, and how the media has a false portrayal of women struggling with mental illness. Go girl!

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3. Angelina Jolie

Back in her late teens and early twenties, Ang suffered from depression as a lot of us do, and that depression came back in 2007.

"I felt I was going into a very dark place, and I wasn't capable of getting up in the morning, so I signed up for something that would force me to be active," she said about her decision to star in Wanted following the death of her mother.

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4. James Franco   

Addiction can lead to depression for a lot of people, but James Franco found himself addicted to something that we don't normally see as a drug: acting.

"I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize. And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, ‘Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good—I have a career and everything— but I feel isolated and lonely,'” he said

5. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is no stranger to depression, having experienced that for as long as she can remember and using her voice to help people all over the world. 

“I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life, I still suffer with it every single day. I just want these kids to know that that depth that they feel as human beings is normal,” she said.

Instagram | @ladygaga