Cara Delevingne Opens Up About Struggle With Mental Health

"I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing."

Model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne released her first novel this week, Mirror, Mirror. The book is a coming-of-age tale that follows a group of teens who "are forced to confront the challenges and secrets of their lives." Some of the teen-centric novel, which was co-written by bestselling author Rowan Coleman, was inspired by Delevingne's own experiences and explores identity, sexuality, gender, emotional pain, and social media. 

While promoting Mirror, Mirror, the 25-year-old stopped by the British talkshow This Morning to talk more about how her teenage years made her want to write a book that connects with and helps her teenage fans. 



"I didn't know how to communicate my emotions," Delevingne said about her teenage years. "I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing, I'm very lucky. But I had depression. I had moments where I didn't want to carry on living. But then the guilt of feeling that way and not being able to tell anyone because I shouldn't feel that way just left me feeling blame and guilt."

Two years ago, Delevingne revealed she had been diagnosed with depression at the age of 15 and has been open about her struggle. She realized that mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of what opportunities they've been given. The turning point, she told This Morning, "was realizing that I shouldn't be ashamed of feeling these things, and that I wasn't alone – learning that everyone goes through similar things. That being vulnerable is actually a strength not a weakness, and showing your emotion and being honest about it [is good.]" 

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She hopes to raise awareness about mental health issues by speaking out about her own experiences and went on to offer a message of support for anyone who may be struggling. 

"If you learn to love yourself and not give in to what other people think about you, or not care what they think, and just follow your dreams, you can achieve anything," Delevingne said. "And that's what I want to be for teenagers – not necessarily a role model, but someone who has gone through it and come out the other side." 

Watch the interview in the video below.

Millions of Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, yet living with one can feel like a deeply isolating experience. However, speaking out about mental health issues can help to reduce stigma and encourage people who need help to seek it. As more celebrities like Delevingne use their large platforms to speak out about their own struggles with mental illness, more people will realize they're not alone. Spreading awareness by bringing attention to this cause can help teens and adults find their own turning points sooner and live healthier, happier lives. 

If you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health issues, there are a number of resources available to provide support. Check them out here.

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