Cara Delevingne shares her experience of depression as a teenager to help others
As the years go by, mental health is starting to become less of a taboo subject in the world. While our ancestors used to live by the "stiffen up that upper lip" and "shut up and say nothing" mode of life, a new generation of adults are beginning to openly talk about mental health and the impact it can have on one's life.
As with most of these things, the conversations are being led by those in the public eye. Celebrities such as Ryan Reynolds, Kesha and Lady Gaga have all spoken about their battles with mental health; another name to add to that list is Cara Delevingne.
Last year, Delevingne revealed that she had suffered with depression and anxiety as a teenager and she was vocal in her support for others to come out and speak up about their experiences as well. She told The Edit:
"I felt alienated and alone because I was like: 'What's wrong with me?' I always wanted people to love me, so I never got angry with them; I turned my anger on to myself. Mental illness goes unseen but hopefully I don't want it to be unheard."
Well, leading by example, the model-cum-actor-cum-author has now written a book about mental health, called Mirror Mirror.
Appearing on This Morning, Cara spoke about her battle with depression in more detail, revealing how she felt at the time of her mental illness:
"They're such turbulent years – a mayhem of hormones and emotions and feelings. I didn't know how to communicate my emotions. I was so ashamed of how I felt because I had such a privileged upbringing, I'm very lucky.
"But I had depression. I had moments where I didn't want to carry on living. But then the guilt of feeling that way and not being able to tell anyone because I shouldn't feel that way just left me feeling blame and guilt."
Cara then revealed what the catalyst in her gaining control of these emotions was, and revealed how she ended up battling through them.
"It was realising that I shouldn't be ashamed of feeling these things, and that I wasn't alone – learning that everyone goes through similar things. That being vulnerable is actually a strength not a weakness, and showing your emotion and being honest about it [is good.]"
She then went on to offer a message of support for those battling with depression or mental illness, telling them that they can go on to achieve anything they dream of.
"If you learn to love yourself and not give in to what other people think about you or not care what they think, and just follow your dreams, you can achieve anything. And that's what I want to be for teenagers – not necessarily a role model, but someone who has gone through it and come out the other side."
Well done to Delevigne for being so open and honest when it comes to discussing mental health. As said earlier, if more celebrities and people of power come forward to discuss the issue, there would be an increase in the dialogues and discussions surrounding it, which is never a bad thing.