In case you missed it, Eat Bulaga host Joey de Leon was re-educated on what depression really is over the past few days. After making insensitive comments about the condition, the negative reactions he received urged him to make an apology on live television.
His initial assumption–in which depression was something people just made up–goes to show that our country still has a long way to go in terms of eradicating the stigma that the mental illness carries.
Thankfully, there are some celebrities who have used their position to speak up against the stigma, with some even sharing to fans their own personal experience with depression.
Scroll down to see who have spoken up!
1. Kylie Versoza
In an Instagram post last year, the Miss International 2016 winner shared that mental health is one of her advocacies, as she used to suffer from depression herself. On one inspiring post, she said, “I want people to know it is a real sickness and it affects people in many different ways. It is treatable, and you are not alone.”
2. Demi Lovato
Lovato is known for being open about her past struggles with depression, bipolar disorder and addiction. “The more people know about it, the more people are going to be able to find solutions to what they’re going through”, she says in a recent interview with iHeartRadio’s Label Defiers podcast.
3. Sharon Cuneta
In a Facebook post last 2014, Cuneta shared to her fans that she was dealing with depression: “I hated myself for the way I looked and the time I continued to waste by not focusing and working on bettering my own person.” This was reported to encourage her followers who were suffering with the same illness to open up as well.
4. Gab Valenciano
We were so used to seeing Valenciano in his energetic and cheerful self, so when he shared his struggle with depression for four years on his Facebook page (even describing himself as suicidal for the first few months), it shocked a lot of people. “I persevered and pushed on. And 3 years later, I don’t need to point out details on why I am the happiest I have ever been, but that is definitely where I am at the moment,” he wrote.
5. Kirsten Dunst
The actress has opened up about her battle with depression in the past and how her career affects her, as she once shared on The Ellen Degeneres Show, “It’s interesting as an actress, you’re supposed to be sensitive and vulnerable and have this side to you. But then you’re supposed to be super sociable and ‘on’ and like nice to everybody. That’s a weird dichotomy. It’s a lot to ask of a person. It’s not a normal thing.”