Kristen Bell is speaking out in support of mental health awareness by sharing details from her own struggle with depression. "There’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness. You’re just having a harder time living in your brain than other people," writes the star in a powerful piece for Time's advice blog Motto.
"I didn’t speak publicly about my struggles with mental health for the first 15 years of my career. But now I’m at a point where I don’t believe anything should be taboo. So here I am, talking to you about what I’ve experienced," admits the mother of two, who has been happily married to actor Dax Shepard since 2013.
Kristen admits that it was during her college days when she noticed a change in her well being. "I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself." She describes depression as making her feel "a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure." It was then that Kristen decided to seek medical help.
She adds: "It’s important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer. We all do."
The Boss star believes that communication and conversation is key to erasing the stimga associated with mental health issues.
"We’re all on team human here, and let’s be honest—it’s not an easy team to be on. In order for all of us to experience the full breadth of team human, we have to communicate. Talking about how you’re feeling is the first step to helping yourself. Depression is a problem that actually has so many solutions. Let’s work together to find those solutions for each other and cast some light on a dark situation," writes the star.