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What do Demi Lovato, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Robin Williams have in common? Besides from being famous, you might not think much. However, that is not true. They all suffered from some form of mental illnesses. I know it’s hard to believe celebrities are imperfect, but they are.

Pop singer Demi Lovato, who is known for hits like, “Give Your Heart A Break,” “Skyscraper,” and most recently “Cool For The Summer,” was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, and has admitted to self-harm.  She even went away to a rehab facility in November of 2010 for her mental illness.

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who is known for her roles in Chicago, Zorro, and countless others, came out a couple years ago with having type 2 bipolar disorder. Zeta-Jones sought out a 30-day treatment center in 2013. Then, of course, there is the late comedian Robin Williams. Williams had quietly suffered from depression, and it eventually led to him committing suicide last summer.

As all of you can see, mental illness can affect anybody. But it’s all about how you handle it.  

For instance, Lovato turned herself into a role model for people, especially young girls, suffering from mental illness. Lovato has also released encouraging songs, such as the aforementioned “Skyscraper”, along with an inspirational book called, Staying Strong.

These celebrities, and countless others, such as Brooke Shields, J. K. Rowling, Mary Lambert, and Jim Carrey, have all come out to raise awareness for mental illness. They shine a light on something that is looked at with uneasy eyes. They are all role models and heroes. They take something very difficult that they have to deal with every day, and then use it to inspire others. They show that there is no one face of mental illness and it can affect anyone of us. They show the most important thing: you are not alone.

Listen and learn from these celebrities. Use something that can be looked at as a weakness, and make it into a strength.