Matters related to mental health do not discriminate – even the brightest individuals with all the advantages in the world are not immune to depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges. They are more common than you can comprehend; approximately one in five adults in the United States experienced mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness. But the reality is that there is still a stigma about mental health issues (and many people do not get the treatment they need).
The good news is? Stigma slowly, but surely begins to take off, partly thanks to the fact that people, including the celebrities with the platform (and three followers of Instagram), open up for their emotional well-being. We still have a long way to go, but there is real power in it; the more we are open to mental illness, the easier it is for people to seek help. Read about 11 moments to demolish the stigma that put mental health in the spotlight this year.