Kristen Bell Suffers from Depression, and She Wants You to Know There's Nothing Wrong with That

"There's nothing weak about struggling with mental illness."

Kristen Bell
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Fact: people suffer from depression, and getting treatment should never be a source of shame. And the more celebrities who use their platform to open up about mental health, the better—which is why we're all 🙌  at Kristen Bell right now.

The 35-year-old actress has a pretty sunny disposition on camera, but—as we all know—a person's exterior isn't always a reflection of their emotional reality. In an essay for Motto (opens in new tab), Bell talked about her struggle with depression, and thanked her mother for her openness "on this predominantly silent subject." 

"I knew that help was out there—and to seek it without shame," she wrote of suffering from depression at NYU. "When you try to keep things hidden, they fester and ultimately end up revealing themselves in a far more destructive way than if you approach them with honesty."

Bell said she opted not to speak publicly about her mental health for the first 15 years of her career, but (as she notes) depression and anxiety should never ever ever be taboo.

Bell went on to suggest that mental health check-ins be a routine part of wellness, which seems like an idea so basic it's a wonder doctors aren't already on board. 

Preach x 1,000. 

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Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.