What does Demi Lovato have in common with Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry and Lena Dunham? No, it’s not that they’re all famous. It’s something they have in common with many women, with many of us. At some point, Lovato and the other celebs have all suffered from a form of mental illness.
“Because I thought something was really wrong with me, I never opened to anyone. I didn’t tell them what I needed, therefore I ended up self medicating and coping with very unhealthy behavior,” Lovato said in the compilation created by Refinery29.
In an effort to erase the stigma around mental health, these celebrities, along with Alanis Morrisette, Michelle Williams and Hayden Panettiere, have opened up their struggle with depression, eating disorders and other types of mental illness to encourage those suffering to seek help.
“It’s so important for women to know that it happens. It’s common,” said Paltrow.
Influencers, they’re just like us; they have their good and bad days. And they struggle with mental health issues too. Salice Rose just gave the Rose Family a very vulnerable inside look at her life, and mental health struggles over the last year. And fans are flooding her comments section with messages of support and empathy.
We’ve all been guilty at one point or another, of imbuing influencers with seemingly mythical powers.
They can boost brands, they offer authentic opinions and reviews and, they seem to live amazing lives with no problems at all. So when Salice Rose posted a video titled ‘How I Almost Ended My Life In 2019’ last September, we were shocked, to say the least.
At first we see Salice alone in a room, saying how she’s re-recorded the video many times in an attempt to get it right.
“I think I’ve started this video over and over like 6 times already, because I don’t want to say the wrong thing,” she says with a serious face. “But I’m just gonna be me.”
“It’s very hard for me to make this video because you guys know I’m a very strong person.”
“I stand for strength,” Salice affirms. “It sucks that this past year, 2019…I got so mentally unstable and weak, that I tried to end my own life.” The youtuber and influencer didn’t go into details about what triggered her, or what happened to her during that year that got her to this stage, but she wanted to tell her story to help other people who might be going through the same.
Depression is on the rise among American teens and young adults, with adolescent girls showing the greatest vulnerability, a national survey reveals.
Back in 2005, the risk of major depressive disorder for teenage boys was pegged at 4.5 percent, and 13 percent for teenage girls. By 2014, however, boys’ risk of depression rose to 6 percent, but for girls it soared to more than 17 percent, the survey found. “These are episodes during which the adolescent experiences five or more depressive symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer,” explained study author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai. He is a professor in the department of mental health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.
A closer look shows that teen depression risk only started to edge upwards starting in 2012, with risk weighing more heavily on teen girls throughout the survey period. Mojtabai said the findings “are consistent with recent data on trends in suicide in the U.S.” A new study found the percentage of teens and young adults with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues has increased sharply over the past decade. The same pattern was not seen in older adults.
In the video, Salice wanted to retell the happenings of the night when she got close to taking her life.
“I was going through this wave of sadness, depression, anger…I forgot how to be strong.” She goes on to explain how one night, she took her keys and went out for a drive. At 9pm at night, she started driving to church —even if it was closed, she wanted to sit outside to regain herself. “The emotions I was feeling as I was driving to church…it wasn’t ok,” she says, “I felt like I had lost my mind, and I felt like what I was going through was never going to go away or stop.”
“If this is never gonna go away, maybe I should.”
Salice’s never-ending negative thoughts filled her with a sense of impending doom and hopelessness. Experts warn that everyone should educate themselves on the warning signs of depression and get their loved ones the help they need before it gets to a point of no return.
Symptoms of major depression vary from person to person but can include:
Feelings of sadness, emptiness or hopelessness
Tiredness and lack of energy
Outbursts of anger, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities
Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or sleeping too much
Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Difficulty thinking and concentrating
And, as it turns out, Salice isn’t alone. She’s not the only one having these thoughts.
The rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts, plans, attempts, and deaths by suicide has increased from 7.0 percent in 2009 to 10.3 percent in 2017. Interestingly, no significant increase was seen in adults. There was even a slight decline in psychological distress in people over the age of 65. For the study, researchers analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a nationally representative survey that tracks drug and alcohol use, mental health and other health-related issues in individuals age 12 and over. The research was published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
“Recently, there’s been a number of studies showing that those who spend more time on digital media are more likely to be depressed and unhappy,” Twenge said.
“I was asking for help and at that moment, no one was responding.”
Later on in the video, Salice explains how she made it to church, she got out of her car and started messaging people on her phone. But it was late at night and no one was responding. So she googled a helpline. “So I thought, ‘What do I do?’ I don’t want to be a burden asking for help.” She googled searched for a helpline and got someone on the phone who talked to her for 7 minutes. She told him what was happening in her life and how she got to that point. She told him that she needed help.
The next day, Salice’s whole family was there for her.
The Youtuber’s whole family got together to be with her. Proving that as lonely as you feel, you’re never alone. She went on to share a message on the description of the video, “I just hope I can save a few lives by posting this. I just want you guys to know that overall you are never alone even though you may feel alone sometimes and I want to spread awareness all over the world that it’s OK to ask for help. You are not a burden…. you are so needed on this earth and I love every single one of you individually more than you can ever imagine.”
If you believe a loved is at risk of suicide, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get the person to seek help from a doctor or the nearest hospital emergency department or dial 911. It’s important to remove access to firearms, medications, or any other potential tools they might use to harm themselves. For immediate help if you are in a crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.
In the past J Balvin has been open about dealing with depression and anxiety. He’s published many Instagram posts and stories about it, and he’s even written letters to his fans about it. Now, el chico de Medellin, is opening up even further. J Balvin released an 8-episode podcast all about his life, his career, his relationships and all the obstacles he’s faced, including his mental health.
The singer just released a new podcast series called “Made in Medellin” on Spotify.
In “Made in Medellin,”Balvin shares intimate details about his life, career, relationships and all the obstacles he faced while reaching for his dreams of becoming a global artist. “I know a lot about J Balvin and little about José,” he says at the start of the podcast, hinting that he’s going to take listeners on a journey to get to know the real him.
The eight-episode podcast will take fans into his personal struggle with mental health.
Each episode focuses on a different topic and time in his life. “I dedicated myself a lot to the character,” he continues in his opening lines. “But without José, there is no J Balvin. In the end, that character is me, I can’t separate from him.”
Fans will also get to delve deeper into the top Reggaeton artist’s personal life.
We will be let listeners in on details about his life and career through conversations with the people closest to him. His parents Alba Balvin and Álvaro Osorio are included in episodes as well as his past girlfriend of 10 years.
The Colombian singer himself narrates the never-before-told stories.
From dreaming big in Medellin, to his struggles with anxiety and depression while on tour, to the time he actually proposed marriage. Balvin is also accompanied by some of his closest friends; Andrés López “Papa” and Carlos Torres, as well as “La Mona” Osorio, who was his girlfriend for 10 years.
The podcast isn’t only about Balvin’s life and work.
Aptly titled “Made in Medellin,” the podcast is built upon the backdrop of the Colombian city of Medellín itself, with its vibrant adoption of reggaeton as the basis for his own rise to success in the first place. Balvin pays homage to some of the genre’s legends, including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin and Yandel. Otherwise, the episodes’ theatrics are sparse, yet thoughtfully produced — you’ll often hear a signature dembow beat thumping through, or the gentle hum of city chatter making its way to the surface.
With global hits such as “Mi Gente,” “Ay Vamos,” and “Ginza,” Balvin has taken the reggaeton movement to some of the biggest stages.
Balvin has taken his Latin flow to the biggest spheres of music, including the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium and as a headlining act at Coachella in California.
José Álvaro Osorio Balvín is a crossover king who understands the power of innovation and partnership.
With musical roots steeped in rap, R&B, bachata, reggae, and champeta, the Colombian-born has crossed over into the world with his Latin sound and charmed listeners from every nation. How? Collaborating, innovating and creating something fresh. Do you want proof? Here it is: his growing list of chart-topping collabs with today’s hottest pop and hip-hop artists include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams (he has also toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull).
In 2018, Balvin snagged Spotify’s top spot with the Most Monthly Listeners Globally.
Balvin surpassed Drake’s long-held record, with over 48.1 million monthly listeners. He officially became the most popular artist on the platform that year.
“Dreams are the reason for everything I do. The reason why I get up. And the beauty of dreams is that they are infinite,” he says in the recording.
J Balvin, one of the top recording artists in the world, is readying his new album to be released in the Spring. He is also the first reggaeton artist to perform on the main stage at Coachella, leading EDM festival Tomorrowland, and the first-ever Latin artist to headline at Lollapalooza.
Fans can listen to all episodes of the “Made in Medellin”podcast here.