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How Your Favorite Artists Advocate For Mental Health Awareness 💚

Written by: Katie Curran

Mental health is so important for fans as well as for our favorite artists. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we are highlighting how some of our fav artists are advocating for mental health! ❤️‍🩹

Everyone’s favorite Australians, 5 Seconds of Summer, are no strangers to mental health advocacy. Since the band’s rise to fame, the fourpiece have been outspoken about the effects of fame on their mental health, and how they have dealt with it as they have grown up. In a 2018 interview with the BBC, drummer Ashton Irwin spoke about his own struggles with mental health, and how he believes there should be more resources for musicians. “Artists can be some of the most depressed people,” Irwin said. “I’m glad that the awareness is being brought up and it just needs to [be] spoken about freely by people who have experienced it.” Lead singer Luke Hemmings added that while the band has felt burned out over the years, “we’re honest with each other” about mental health. 🤝

Lewis Capaldi has recently spoken out about his struggles with anxiety, and how it has affected both his artistry and his onstage performance. Known for his upbeat personality contrasted with his slower, emotional ballads, the singer recently revealed a new side to his personality. In April, he released a Netflix documentary, How I’m Feeling Now, highlighting his anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome, and Imposter Syndrome, and how he works through them. In order to overcome his struggles with mental health, Capaldi regularly attends therapy while keeping in contact with loved ones. 🫶

Selena Gomez has been championing mental health awareness for most of her career, and also recently released a documentary about how she has been coping with her diagnosis. In My Mind & Me, she does not shy away from the lowest moments of her struggles, instead opting to highlight them so her fans and other audiences are able to get a glimpse of how devastating mental health can be, and how she practices therapy every day to keep her mental health in check. In 2021, the star launched Wondermind, an app that offers free daily resources as well as access to therapists and ways to maintain self-care between sessions. 🧠

Harry Styles has been vocal about attending therapy and has even promoted it several times. In October 2019, while promoting his sophomore album Fine Line, Styles responded to a fan’s tweet about waiting to attend therapy until the album came

out, saying, “Go to therapy, it’s important. I’ll wait for you.”

Two years later, during a 2021 Love on Tour show in Los Angeles, he acknowledged his therapist’s presence at the show, while encouraging the audience to attend for the betterment of their own mental health. Like many people, though, Styles was initially apprehensive about therapy. In a 2022 interview with Better Homes & Gardens, he said: “I thought that it meant that you were broken.” Attending therapy, however, allowed him to open himself up in ways he had never imagined. “I think that accepting living, being happy… that is the most alive you can be.” 🥰

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health, please do not hesitate to reach out. Call 988 for 24/7 counseling services in the United States or click here to find free mental health resources in your country. With the Band proudly advocates for mental health awareness. If you need someone to talk to, our DMs are always open! 💜

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