From CEOs to celebrities, nobody is immune to the effects of depression. But you might be surprised to learn about some of these famous faces who battle the disorder on a daily basis.
Here’s a list of highly productive stars (many of whom seem super upbeat in their public personas) who manage depression and still get a lot done. And not only that, these people are vocal about their depression, helping break down the stigma around mental health, one conversation at a time.
10 incredibly successful people who’ve battled through depression
JK RowlingIt's hard to imagine the person who dreamt up the fantastical tale of Harry Potter suffering from depression. But when JK Rowling spoke about her mental health issues and how she'd even contemplated suicide, Rowling's fans were all support, and even found support in her honesty, in turn.Getty Images
Jon HammThe Mad Men star has been open about his depression, and how, for him, a combination of antidepressants and therapy has helped manage his symptoms.Getty Images
Clara HughesOlympic medalist, cyclist, and speed skater Clara Hughes clocked an impressive number of hours on the track in her prime, practicing and perfecting her form in both sports. But what we're most proud of this Canadian star for is her openness around her battle with depression. Highly talented AND honest.Getty Images
Kristen BellLast year, Kristen Bell opened up about her depression,which began in adulthood. The letter, which was published online for the world to read, was beautifully written and made us feel like we're not alone.Getty Images
Sheryl CrowExercise and a healthy lifestyle can help elevate mood, and for Sheryl Crow--who's been vocal on the topic--for decades, that helped her overcome the dark period in her life.Getty Images
Owen WilsonKnown for his hilarious roles in various comedy flicks, Owen Wilson's reality isn't all sunshine and rainbows. The 48-year-old was hospitalized in 2007 for attempted suicide, and since has been vocal about his battle with mental illness. Still, Wilson continues to book countless roles and balance his Hollywood career.Getty Images
Lady GagaOne of the biggest advocates of mental health awareness has got to be Lady Gaga. The singer isn't quiet about her battle with both depression and anxiety, despite her jam-packed schedule of concerts, album promos and events.Getty Images
Hugh LaurieSince the '90s, actor Hugh Laurie has been public about his depression. And while his demanding schedule bouncing between television and movie sets, promotions, interviews, and just being a regular old human may seem like a lot, Hugh has always made it look easy.Getty Images
Cara DelevingneModel Cara Delevingne may be best known for her beautiful bushy brows, but they do nothing to protect her from bouts of depression. Still, the successful 24-year-old manages to jet around the globe to walk fashion runways, and star in major motion pictures.Getty Images
Gwyneth PaltrowDepression can strike at any age, and for Gwyneth Paltrow, it came after giving birth to her second child, Moses. And though it was years after the birth that we regular folk knew she was battling postpartum depression, the actress finally spoke up last year. We're so thankful she did.Getty Images
It’s time we started talking openly about our mental health. Join the conversation on Bell Let’s Talk Day, January 31, and help end the stigma around mental illness. For every text message sent and mobile or long-distance call made by Bell Canada and Bell Aliant customers, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives. The same goes for anyone sending a tweet using #BellLetsTalk, watching the Bell Let’s Talk Day video on Instagram or Facebook, or using the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter. But talking about it is just the first step: Visit letstalk.bell.ca for more ways you can effect change and build awareness around mental health.