ACA Pop Culture Connection Blog

Learn more about celebrities who use their platforms to spotlight mental health, as well as unique pop culture-inspired news and resources.


  • Comedian Tackles Depression, Revives Career; Adele Opens Up About Struggles With Motherhood; Scientists Name “Most Relaxing Song Ever”

    Nov 30, 2016
    Comedian Chris Gethard was once the darling of Comedy Central. But after a sitcom cancellation, he found himself in the midst of a twisting career path, while struggling with depression, alcoholism, and anxiety.
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  • Youtube Star Thrives Despite Bipolar Depression; Singer Jojo & "Harry Potter” Actor Open Up About Mental Illness

    Oct 27, 2016
    California native and son of Palestinian immigrants, 26-year-old Yousef Erakat has had a life-long struggle with bipolar depression. During his time at San Jose State University, he channeled his emotions into a YouTube page called fouseyTUBE.
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  • Bruce Springsteen Opens Up About Battle With Depression

    Sep 26, 2016
    Bruce Springsteen recently spoke with Vanity Fair about his upcoming autobiography, Born to Run. In the book he addresses his struggles with clinical depression, as well as his fear of suffering as his father did: “I was crushed between [the ages of] 60 and 62, good for a year, and out again from 63 to 64...Not a good record,” he said.
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  • Kristin Bell: Managing Mental Health Requires Work

    Aug 22, 2016
    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.”
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  • Demi Lovato Addresses Mental Illness at DNC

    Aug 02, 2016
    Singer Demi Lovato recently took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to courageously share her personal struggle with bipolar disorder and push for increased access to mental health services. “Like millions of Americans, I am living with mental illness,” she said. “But I am lucky. I had the resources and support to get treatment at a top facility. Unfortunately, too many Americans from all walks of life don’t get help, whether they fear the stigma or cannot afford treatment."
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