Kristen Bell Breaks the Depression Taboo—Here's Why It Matters

Updated 02/02/17
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Here at MyDomaine HQ, we're always on the lookout for wellness hacks that equip us (and you, dear reader) with the right tools to take better care of ourselves. After all, everyone's in the pursuit of happiness, right? And while we've discovered some truly life-changing breathing exercises, healthy eating ideas, and décor tricks to reduce our worries, we also know that making space for an open conversation around mental health is crucial when it comes to outreach. We'll let the facts have the floor first.

According to researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health, 18% of Americans are affected by anxiety disorders. Their studies also show that "women are 60% more likely than men to experience an anxiety disorder." Despite being the most treatable and common mental health issue, it's clouded in stigma. So it's a huge service to us all when a notable figure like Kristen Bell speaks out about the issue.

In this video from Off Camera With Sam Jones, Bell opens up about her family history and personal experience with anxiety and depression. Hearing her speak openly about how she overcame social and self-stigma to seek treatment reminds us that it's okay to ask for help. In fact, doing so and accepting vulnerability may beget empowerment and growth. Watch the video below for some inspiration and guidance on how to create a community of support.

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