Mental Health Heroes: Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard
Celebrity couples have long been our country's version of royalty, and when it comes to being stellar mental health advocates, Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard deserve the throne.
Kristen Bell recently started shared her experience with anxiety and depression. Her husband, Dax Shepard, spent many years hitting drugs and alcohol hard and has talked about how close he came up ending up dead many times. Not only are the two outspoken about their struggles, which is still a BFD in Hollywood, they are open about how they support each other through them.
Last month Dax celebrated being sober for 12 years. Kristen tweeted about how proud she is and said, “Seeing the world through his eyes has really opened mine to knowing that it is a disease and nobody is choosing to drink more than others,” she added. “They are doing it because of a variety of reasons and they deserve the attention of a mental health professional, and not the county jail or however else we’re choosing to pretend we’re fixing the problem.”
In an essay for Motto, Kristen wrote “For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board.”
For his part, Dax has said, “I always learn a lot more from people’s trials and failures and struggles than their big victories”
That is what a celebrity power couple looks like.