Depression and anxiety are two extremely common mental illnesses that many women deal with. And while we'd like to think there's no stigma surrounding people's personal struggles, there is. Case in point: Kate Middleton's recent PSA dubbed #HeadsTogether, or the recent social campaign where women tweeted antidepressant selfies to fight mental health stigma. Now, everyone's favorite actress Kristen Bell (she was Anna in Frozen, guys!), who is happily married to husband Dax Shephard, with whom she has two children, is speaking out about her own anxiety and depression. (P.S. Watch This Woman Bravely Show What a Panic Attack Really Looks Like.)
In a newly penned essay for Motto, Bell opened up about her longtime struggle with depression, and why she's no longer staying silent. "I didn’t speak publicly about my struggles with mental health for the first 15 years of my career," she writes. "But now I’m at a point where I don’t believe anything should be taboo."
Bell calls out the "extreme stigma about mental health issues," writing that she "can’t make heads or tails of why it exists." After all, "there is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with it since nearly 20 percent of American adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime," she explains. "So why aren’t we talking about it?"
She goes on to emphasize that "there’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness" and that, as members of "team human," it's on everyone to work together to come up with solutions. She also takes a stance on mental health check-ins, which she believes should be "as routine as going to the doctor or the dentist."
This essay comes just a few weeks after her headline-garnering interview for Off Camera with Sam Jones, where Bell spoke so many truths about dealing with anxiety and depression. For example, even though she 'fesses up to being one of the popular girls in high school, she talks about how she was still always anxious AF, which caused her to form interests based on those around her, rather than discover what she was really interested in herself (think Cady's army pants and flip flops in Mean Girls).
It's so refreshing to see someone like Bell, who basically epitomizes being an adorable and awesome human being, be so honest when it comes to her self-perceived flaws. (And for what it's worth, Kristen, we think you're SO AMAZING.) We should all be able to discuss how the pressure of depression and anxiety can really feel—we'll all feel better for it. Watch Kristen's entire interview below—we promise it's worth the listen. (Then, hear from 9 More Celebrities Who Are Vocal About Mental Health Issues.)