Millions of people are challenged with mental health issues on a daily basis. That’s why mental health is not a topic to be ignored. We should be able to #talkaboutit. Mental illness knows no race, age, sex, income, or education level. Celebrities have recently been very active in sharing their testimonies related to mental health. Here are a few examples of celebrities who are not afraid to #talkaboutit.

“It’s my mission to share this with the world and to let them know that there is life on the other side of those dark times that seem so hopeless and helpless. I want to show the world that there is life — surprising, wonderful and unexpected life after diagnosis.” – Demi Lovato

“[Seventeen Magazine] asked me what I was like when I was 17 and I wasn’t going to say, ‘I was great!’ because I wasn’t. I was suffering from a mental disorder. But what I so often find is that it becomes about the facts. ‘How much weight did you lose? How were you treated? Were you hospitalized?’ And that’s not important to me. What is important is to talk about the feelings, to talk about the help that young girls, and young men, who have this problem can get if they find that they are suffering.” – Troian Bellisario

“I take medication daily and have for many years. I also try to exercise a lot, because there’s some evidence that exercise lessens the symptoms of anxiety, and I try to use the strategies that I’ve learned in cognitive behavioral therapy to cope with my illness. But it’s a chronic illness and it hasn’t, like, gone into remission or anything for me. It’s something I live with, something that I’ve integrated into my life. And we all have to integrate stuff into our lives, whether it’s mental illness or physical disability or whatever. There is hope. There is treatment. You are not alone, and while I know the struggle feels at times completely hopeless and futile, there is a far shore for the vast majority of people, and I wish you the best.” – John Green

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, states that 50 percent of mental health issues begin by age 14, and 75 percent develop by age 24. Unfortunately, it’s a topic that is overwhelmed by negative stigmas. Whether it’s bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety, mental illness doesn’t discriminate against gender, age, sexuality, or celebrity status. Let’s #talkaboutit and change the way society looks at challenges with mental health!