By Natasha Hinde
When it comes to mental health, the more people that speak about their experiences, the better.
Unfortunately stigma is still a huge issue in society, affecting nine in ten people with mental health problems. However, as with all things in society, attitudes have the ability change.
Here, we highlight 17 famous people who are helping to slowly chip away at stigma by publicly speaking about mental health.
Demi Lovato, 24
Demi Lovato spoke about her bipolar disorder diagnosis as part of a campaign for mental health group Be Vocal.
“Getting a diagnosis was kind of a relief,” she said. 2It helped me start to make sense of the harmful things I was doing to cope with what I was experiencing. Now I had no choice but to move forward and learn how to live with it, so I worked with my health care professional and tried different treatment plans until I found what works for me.