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Aug 22, 2016

Kristin Bell: Managing Mental Health Requires Work

Kristin Bell

Kristen Bell recently appeared on Sam Jones’ Off Camera, where the Veronica Mars actress opened up about her battle with depression and anxiety. 

“I struggled a lot with anxiety and depression,” Bell said, as she shared an anecdote about her mother sitting her down at age eighteen, telling her, “if you start to feel like you are twisting things around you and you start to feel like there’s no sunlight around you and you’re paralyzed with fear, this is what it is and here’s how you can help yourself.”

Bell admits, “I present this very cheery, bubbly person, but I also do a lot of work. I do a lot of introspective work and I check in with myself…” 

Bell was recently honored at the 2016 SAMHSA Voice Awards, receiving a Special Recognition Award for her efforts to improve public awareness and understanding of behavioral health issues.

The 36-year-old television, movie, and voice actress has also appeared in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Frozen. She has been on the front lines bravely speaking out about the importance of supporting those living with mental illness and addiction. 

Read more here.

More Pop Culture Connection Inspiration: 

Olympic Swimmer Allison Schmitt’s Personal Struggle with Depression and Rising Out of The Blue After Losing Cousin to Suicide
Gold Medal Winning Swimmer Allison Schmitt’s aunt wonders whether “the athlete in April cut both ways, glorifying an outsized pain threshold, teaching her to play through an invisible injury and putting her at risk.” ACA applauds the six-time US Olympic swimming medalist for courageously speaking out. More… 

Counseling Saved Will Smith’s 19-Year Marriage
For the first time, Hollywood star Will Smith is speaking openly about how his 19-year union with Jada Pinkett was saved by counseling. Will said: “I’ve done a lot of marriage counseling. What happens in a marriage once you do counseling, the truth comes out, and you sit across from your wife and you’ve said all of your truth and she has said all of her truth.” This cathartic cleansing has allowed Will and Jada to move forward in their relationship. More…

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