Kristen Bell Just Shared an Important Reminder About Antidepressants & Stigma

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating mental illness. Take it from actress Kristen Bell, who continues to be a staunch advocate for frank conversations about mental health.

In a recent interview with People, The Good Place alum opened about her choice to partner with Hers, a telehealth company, as a celebrity ambassador. These days, Bell is not shy about discussing her struggles with anxiety and depression, but that was not always the case, she explained: “I recognized that my picture publicly was this sort of bubbly actress that probably didn’t have any dark days.”

Now, the 42-year-old actress has made speaking out about her journey her “highest priority” because it is more authentic. As a public figure, her candor can also help combat the stigmas surrounding mental illness, which still are incredibly pervasive.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness. Sadly, only about half (46.2 percent) of those adults with mental illness actually received proper treatment in 2020.

“It’s because ‘I’m feeling sad’ is something you say to someone behind closed doors,” Bell told the magazine. “And I don’t think that’s normal. People need to know there is comfort and resources around them in all shapes and sizes.”

Some of those resources include talk therapy and antidepressants, both of which have been hugely beneficial for Bell in her own mental health journey. Although about 1 in every 6 U.S. adults take antidepressants or other psychiatric medications, this treatment option is also shrouded in stigma.

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