Mental Health Month

Emma Stone And Other Celebrities Speak About Mental Health To Help Break Stigmas

Over 17 million children have had, or are living with, a mental health disorder.

May is Mental Health Month. Throughout the month we will bring you stories about mental health and the importance of breaking surrounding stigmas, as well as highlighting those who live with related conditions and are advocating awareness.

May is Mental Health Month — a time to really highlight the importance of mental health, and the reasons bringing awareness to related conditions matters. In America alone, there are over 17 million children who have had, or are living with, a mental health disorder. Yet, stigmas surrounding mental health, often deter people from seeking help. 

In an effort to break down the stigmas, non-profit Child Mind Institute — an organization that aims to help families and children coping with mental health issues — is releasing a video series called My Younger SelfOne video will be released each day in May, and will feature celebrities or prominent people, giving advice to their younger selves about "growing up with a mental health or learning disorder." 

Emma Stone kicked off the series with a minute and a half clip, opening up about the ways she's coped with her anxiety and panic disorder so she can lead a "normal, exciting, and vibrant life."

In the video, Stone says her anxiety comes in waves, but she has benefited from the help of therapy, using cognitive behavior tools, and meditation.  She also makes it clear that having anxiety is not something she's upset about. Instead, she says it helps make her unique. 

"To be a sensitive person that cares a lot, that takes things in, in a deep way, is actually part of what makes you amazing," she said.

As for others dealing with anxiety, Stone tells them, "It's so normal. Everyone experiences a version of anxiety in their lives."

She adds, "We may go through it in a more intense way, or for longer periods of time, but there's nothing wrong with you."

This isn't the first time Stone has been upfront about her anxiety and how therapy, baking, and acting have helped her cope with panic attacks. With more people like her openly discussing mental health issues, stigmas can hopefully be broken. 

You'll have to check the Child Mind Institute's website daily for new #MyYoungerSelf videos, but the national non-profit already has already featured Idina Menzel in a promo for the campaign.  Other personalities set to be featured in the videos include Lena Dunham, Colton Haynes, Howie Mandel, Jay Leno, Keke Palmer, and Tommy Hilfiger. 

With more people openly discussing mental health issues, it will hopefully stop it from being seen as a taboo so those struggling will feel more confident opening up and getting help. 

(H/T: Mashable)