8 Artists Raising Awareness About Mental Illness
    • TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

    • Posted by: Allison Baritz

    Zayn Malik, the former One Direction singer who recently broke off from the group, cancelled what would have been his debut performance as a solo artist. The ex-One Directioner was set to perform at Capital's Summertime Ball but withdrew two hours prior to his performance due to his longstanding battle with anxiety disorder. After calling off his upcoming performance in the UK, the "Pillow Talk" singer thanked his fans for supporting him.

    Zayn Malik

    Malik is not the only performer to open up about a very person mental or emotional battle, however more and more celebrities are coming forward as inspirational, successful, capable individuals, who are also, only human.

    1. HALSEY
    Rising pop star, Halsey has been open about her battle with Bipolar Disorder, and recently addressed her struggle in an interview with Elle Magazine. In an effort to work through mental barriers with powerful tracks like "Gasoline," Halsey has channelled her emotions into her music, giving empathetic listeners a reason to feel hopeful.

    Maroon 5 frontman, Adam Levine has publicly shared his struggle with ADHD, describing his experience in a piece for Attitude Magazine, Levine wrote:

    "I remember being in the studio once and having 30 ideas in my head, but I couldn't document any of them...Remember that you are not alone. There are others going through the same thing"

    The singer has spoken publicly about her bipolar diagnosis, in addition to her struggle with an eating disorder and history of self-harm. In the Today Show clip below, Lovato explains:

    "It's not a choice to have an addiction and with bipolar disorder, it's a chemical imbalance."

    The singer and actor has been open about her struggle with anxiety and depression, which she articulately and poignantly discusses in the interview, below.

    "Its important for me to be candid about this so people in a similar situation can realize that they are not worthless and that they do have something to offer."

    Fall Out Boy member Pete Wentz, who has been diagnosed as bipolar, also suffers from depression and anxiety that resulted in a past suicide attempt. In the interview clip below, Wentz insists, "There's no shame in talking about that kind of stuff."

    Nashville star and singer, Hayden Panettiere has been very vocal about her struggle with postpartum depression. In the Today Show clip below, Panettiere opens up about her experience with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter.

    7. LADY GAGA
    The Grammy-winning singer and actor has been among the most honest and transparent in the industry. Whether it be about her sexuality, her experience with depression or the trauma of sexual abuse, Gaga is a true and active role model across communities.

    Creed frontman, Scott Stapp has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, struggled with substance addiction and experienced bouts of erratic behavior. In the interview below, Stapp speaks candidly about his experience.

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