Michael Phelps

When you hear the name Michael Phelps, what comes to mind? Swimming, perhaps? Water, pools, the Olympics? Gold medals (23 of them!)? Any and all of these are reasonable connections to make. If you look up images of Michael Phelps online, most of them involve one or more of those things. But there’s another facet to Phelps’ life that is less conspicuous: depression.

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Queer Eye

Queer Eye doesn’t just show the importance of self-care and confidence in contributing to good mental and emotional health, but also embodies it as well. The show offers an open perspective into the gay community, and highlights the personal challenges and lasting effects of those challenges faced by the hosts themselves.

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Kirsten Vangsness

Delving into our favorite celebrities’ lives via social media is a guilty pleasure many of us share. A glimpe into the private lives of idols through platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat is what many of us crave. And celebrities know this – there is no greater marketing method than the scandals and drama cultivated and selectively released via the worldwide web.

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Anthony Bourdain

The archetype of fortitude, Anthony Bourdain presented an image to the world of a worldly traveler and culinary expert who could quite literally do and see it all. Characterized by impishly curly hair, fading arm tattoos, and an unapologetically urbane style, Bourdain looked like the type of man who experienced the reality of the world in every ounce of his being.

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Jay Z

With such pivotal and legendary artists like Jay Z starting to talk about mental health, hopefully we as a society can get closer to ending the stigma.

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Abigail Breslin

Long after the physical scars have healed, the mental and emotional scars continue to be devastating. It is impossible to know what someone’s triggers are, but it is also impossible to know what their story is, but that doesn’t mean you stop listening.

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