Kristen Bell is the newest voice chiming in to the mental health conversation, reports Mic.
Bell discussed her struggles with anxiety and depression in an interview for Sam Jones’ web series Off Camera. She talked about her family’s mental health history and about taking prescription medication for her disorders.
The actress attributed her mother with teaching her about how to handle the struggles of anxiety and depression. At 18, Bell’s mother told her about their family’s history with serotonin imbalance and emphasized the importance of coping.
By vocalizing her struggles, Bell joins celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Lena Dunham on fighting against the stigma society places on mental health disorders. Bell, along with others, is promoting awareness and encouraging an open conversation about mental health.
Many people do not seek the help they need due to the stigmas and stereotypes associated with mental health issues, but Bell encourages people not to be ashamed.
“I have no shame,” Bell said. “Because my mom had said to me, ‘If you start to feel this way, talk to your doctor, talk to a psychologist, see how you want to help yourself. And if you do decide to go on a prescription to help yourself, understand that the world wants to shame you for that, but in the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin. Ever.'”
One out of every five American adults battles with a mental illness each year, The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates roughly 40 million people in the United States have an anxiety disorder.
These disorders are not uncommon, and those who struggle with them should not fear judgment when asking for help.