Celebrity Moms Who Opened Up About Their Mental Health
These celebrity moms opened up about their mental health in the hopes of ending the stigma.
Opening up about one’s mental health isn’t easy. There’s the fear of being judged and also losing out on some friends. But running and hiding one’s mental health does a lot more damage than good. Eventually, things spiral out of control and we burn out or break down. To celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some celebrity moms who opened up about their mental health to prove that there’s no shame in admitting it.
1. Maricel Soriano
The Diamond Star opened up in an interview last 2014 about how her mental health plummeted after the death of her mom. She shares, “I couldn’t handle it when my mom died. There would be days I would stay awake for four days straight.” Eventually, the celebrity mom of two sought professional help.
2. Sofia Andres
Suffering from anxiety in 2018, Sofia Andres sought professional help and went through counseling and therapy. She shared on her Twitter last May 30, 2018, “I have been dealing with anxiety and it’s so bad. You guys must appreciate people around you no matter what. You might not need them now, but eventually, you will. Everyone is an individual and everyone gets anxious, just on different levels and to different extents.”
With the proper counseling and therapy, celebrity mom Sofia Andres is now living her life with her daughter, Zoe.
3. Solenn Heusaff
Multi-hyphenate celebrity mom Solenn Heusaff revealed in a blog two years ago that she suffered from anxiety attacks. She wrote, “Clearly, more people had bigger problems than me. Yet I was still struggling mentally and emotionally, but at the same time, I didn’t think I had valid reasons to be struggling. I couldn’t tell them because I was afraid to be judged and I was afraid to get them so worried.”
Additionally, she stressed in her blog that it’s important to talk to someone, no matter how small the problem is.
Best-selling music artist Adele suffered from post-partum depression in 2016, opening up about it in an interview with Vanity Fair. She admits, “I had really bad postpartum depression after the birth of my son and it frightened me. I didn’t take any medication and I didn’t want to talk to anyone about it. I was really reluctant about it.”
5. Cameron Diaz
Charlie’s Angels actress and celebrity mom Cameron Diaz holds her head high about mental health as she copes with her Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Her OCD usually manifests in the form of rubbing doorknobs and frequent hand-washing. She’s also a known germophobe.
6. Chrissy Teigen
Successful model, television host, and celebrity mom Chrissy Teigen went public in a candid essay about her mental health in Glamour Magazine’s April 2017 issue. She wrote, “I had everything I needed to be happy. And yet, for much of the last year, I felt unhappy. What basically everyone around me — but me — knew up until December was this: I have postpartum depression.”
She also added in her essay, “I want people to know it can happen to anybody, and I don’t want people who have it to feel embarrassed or to feel alone.”
7. Meghan Markle
The Duchess of Sussex opened up in a raw interview with Oprah Winfrey about how the onslaught of harassment from the media was endless when she was pregnant with her son Archie. She opened up last year about how she spiraled all the way down to suicidal ideation. Prince Harry himself admitted as well that it was hard because finding help from any of the palace officials and senior royal members was a “conversation not meant to be had”.
“I share this because there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help,” she said. “And I know personally how hard it is to—not just hard it is but when your voice is silenced, to be told no.”
Anyone can suffer from a mental health issue—even these celebrity moms!
Sometimes, we think celebrities have it all—from the lights, admirers, and signature items. But there’s a lot of pressure—and putting them on a pedestal can be crushing. It’s why these celebrity moms stepped forward to shed more light on mental health. For moms and dads out there scared to step forward, it’s scary. But it’s still a step forward. Just like how we taught our babies to walk, the same goes for us with mental health: one step at a time.