Celebrity or not, mental illness does not discriminate. Naomi Osaka, Meghan Markle, and 10 other famous people reveal their battles with depression and other mental health challenges. Proving that behind those picture-perfect snapshots, all the money, glamour, and privilege in the world still offer no protection against the impact of despair. The good news is that anytime someone in the limelight speaks out, it normalizes the struggle and helps regular people feel less alone.

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In a now-infamous interview watched by 17 million people, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and former actress of the television series Suits, revealed to Oprah that she suffered from a culture of isolation and silencing when she was part of the royal family.

Being told “no” by senior human resources staff at Buckingham Palace when she asked for help, triggered thoughts of suicide.

“I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. And that was very clear and real and frightening,” Meghan said during the interview.

Says psychologist Doreen Marshall, PhD, vice president of mission engagement for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “Seeing her speak about it helps people understand that suicide is not a forgone conclusion for anyone having suicidal thoughts. It doesn’t mean that you will die by suicide or even attempt suicide. But it is an indicator that your mental health may need attention.”

Photo by By Northern Ireland Office/ CC BY 2.0

Updated: Jun 2, 2021
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