Kristen Bell is over the way society handles depression

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Emily Zupnik,

Can Kristen Bell do no wrong? It sure seems that way.

She’s a supermom, one of the funniest actresses out there, 50 per cent of the ideal couple that is #DaxandKristen, and to top it off she speaks her mind. 

In an essay for Motto,  Kristen is shining a light on mental illness, speaking candidly about her experiences with depression and why it’s important for people to talk about it. 

“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. I didn’t speak publicly about my struggles with mental health for the first 15 years of my career. But now I’m at a point where I don’t believe anything should be taboo.”

We couldn’t agree more. 

Mental illness is often forced into hushed conversations, and treated as an uncommon problem. Yet as Kristen mentions, “Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain.” 

One major misconception with depression and mental illness is that people can just get over it, but Kristen eloquently points out how wrong this attitude is. 

“Mental health check-ins should be as routine as going to the doctor or the dentist. After all, I’ll see the doctor if I have the sniffles. If you tell a friend that you are sick, his first response is likely, ‘You should get that checked out by a doctor.’ Yet if you tell a friend you’re feeling depressed, he will be scared or reluctant to give you that same advice. You know what? I’m over it.”

We are too Kristen. 

As the actress points out “Depression is a problem that actually has so many solutions.” 

For more information on mental illness and how you can help end the stigma visit the Bell Let’s Talk website.