15 celebs who positively raise awareness for mental health

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Jameela Jamil

Like fellow star of The Good Place Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil has been a powerhouse about mental health issues in today’s body shaming culture. She’s constantly on social media proving that struggling is as normal as breathing. And we’re not all as perfect as we may portray ourselves sometimes. She penned a personal blog to address self-image hurdles, learning to love yourself, and how media, itself, can trigger all of it.

She knows that young women are affected by what we see online, in magazines, and by the celebrities we look up to the most. It seems only fitting that Jamil wants to claim media back and turn the tables around.

"It’s so dangerous and disgusting. It’s so belittling and abusive. We are subliminally bullied all day by the magazines, the side bar of shame, social media, and by each other."

The essay was inspired by an Instagram post she saw that labeled the Kardashian sisters with their body weight, and the caption reading, “which weight are you?”

That post didn’t sit quite well with Jamil, responding with, “WHO CARES? What kind of crazed toxic nonsense is this? What is this post trying to achieve other than to induce anxiety into young women about something so entirely irrelevant?”

She took to her own Instagram to list her own weight, which didn’t include a number at all. It did, however, include listing that she’s financially independent, that she loves her job, that she has great friends, and that she’s making an honest living. This sparked a movement to measure yourself by things other than pounds.

As she wrote in that Instagram post: “I like myself in spite of everything I’ve been taught by the media to hate myself about.”