Mental health isn’t always an easy subject, but through grassroots efforts and large-scale campaigns like Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry’s Head’s Together and Bell’s Let’s Talk Day in Canada, communication barriers are slowly being chipped away on what was a formerly taboo subject.

Just like the millions of people who struggle with mental health challenges, some of our favourite stars have been vocal about their own struggles.

“Around a year ago I revealed that I have Lupus, an illness that can affect people in different ways,” Selena Gomez told People as she took a break from the film and music industries. “I’ve discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of Lupus, which can present their own challenges. I want to be proactive and focus on maintaining my health and happiness and have decided that the best way forward is to take some time off.”

But despite her health struggles, Selena always likes to start the year off positively. Most recently, she opened up about her mental health to Harpers Bazaar, “I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,” the star explained. There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress—I won!’ I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m okay with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.”

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