When someone famous dies, there is often shock and confusion, especially when the person was young and seemingly healthy. People wonder how it happened. They want the inside details. Often, however, when they receive those inside details, they are devastated to learn the celebrity died in a way they didn’t expect. This is often true of deaths by suicide or those caused by a substance. Although they may be well-intentioned, many people judge those who have died by suicide or as the result of an addiction. We must remember, however, that it happens to those we least expect.
Mental illness and addiction halt for no one. They will attack anyone in their way. They are often unfair and cruel. Those who seemingly “have it all” are not spared. Celebrities in the public eye are often even more likely to deal with a mental illness or substance use issue. Their lives are always on display, and they are not privy to privacy. This can be difficult for many people thrown into the spotlight seemingly overnight. Celebrities may even hide their mental illness or addiction because they fear the stigma of “coming out.” We as a society must make it evident for everyone that coming clean about who we really are changes attitudes and decreases stigma. Change happens through honesty. Here are some people in the public eye who have been open about their struggles with their mental health and addiction.
Lovato’s rise to fame was speedy during her younger years. Ever since then, she has been on display. Her struggles with self-harm and addiction are well known. She has been open with her efforts to help destigmatize mental health and addictions as she urges others to get help, too.
Johnson has been public about his battles with depression. He’s spoken about feelings of being alone, even though he has been in the public eye for many years. He also wishes that he had someone who was on his side during his struggles in his younger years. Speaking up helps make him that person for others.
Love became vocal about his struggles with panic attacks after having one during a basketball game. He admits that he has never been one to disclose his personal life, but now admits he could’ve benefitted from speaking to a therapist. He urges others—specifically athletes—to be vocal about their mental health.
Speaking up and reaching out for help can be a difficult thing. If you’re thinking about or ready to take that step, reach out to Pinnacle Recovery today. We have a trained and experienced staff that can help you learn more about our addiction and dual diagnosis programs. Call now at 1-866-301-0573. We can’t wait to speak with you.