15 celebs who positively raise awareness for mental health

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Lindsey Morgan

Lindsey Morgan may face physical ailments on The 100, a post-apocalyptic drama on The CW, but in real life, she’s facing a struggle that’s a bit harder to see: depression.

In February of 2018, Morgan was featured on the cover of Style Verify and was able to speak about the illness she faces everyday:

"I became super stressed, depressed and miserable because I thought I was terrible at my job when I could not perform flawlessly every day, every scene. […] I gained weight, my face broke out, I stopped sleeping… but I suffered in silence. I never told anyone how unhappy I was because I was also grateful I had a job versus so many people that didn’t. I did not think I was allowed to be miserable, but I was overworked, sleep-deprived and just lost."

Morgan coming out about feeling as if she wasn’t allowed to feel depressed is relatable to so many people. I grew up with the saying, “it could be worse,” and I often find myself saying that in my head when something goes wrong. As much as I believe that little saying can help in small situations, it’s absolutely not helpful or healthy when it has to do with mental health.

Too often we find ourselves comparing our own life to others’. Most of the time, this is seen as we’re comparing ourselves to things we believe are better than us — Instagram influencers, people we went to high school with who are traveling or making more money than us, people who look happy. But it’s also true the other way around: we compare our own sadness to others. How dare I feel so depressed when this person just lost a parent, or this person just got fired, or this person just experienced a tragedy?

How can I justify my own sadness?

Well, you don’t have to. You can feel what you want to feel, regardless of what the people around you are feeling or what they’re going through. And Morgan is quick to tell you that.