There might have been a taboo associated with speaking about mental health issues in the past, but this regressive mindset has changed in the past couple of years. Deepika Padukone was one of the first to speak up about depression in the country, and has since been an avid supporter of the cause.
And now, international superstar Jennifer Aniston has spoken out openly about the importance of taking care of your mental wellbeing. The 49-year-old actor recently split up with her husband of seven years, Justin Theroux. When asked in a recent interview if the reports of her seeking counselling were true, Jennifer laughed and replied:
"I have been in therapy for years."
She also went on to reveal that she felt lucky to have survived fame mostly unscathed. “How lucky I am, I got through [fame] without having any emotional scarring," she shared with a smile.
Jen has always been pro-therapy, having shared that she wished she could have sent her younger self to therapy: “You can undo a lot of things,” the actor said, in an earlier interview. “If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel. Like with friends who refuse to get happy, who refuse to rise above the discomfort of where they’re at.”
Aniston also spoke out about the “misconceptions” about her single life. “It’s pretty crazy,” she said. “The misconceptions are ‘Jen can’t keep a man,’ and ‘Jen refuses to have a baby because she’s selfish and committed to her career.’ Or that I’m sad and heartbroken. First, with all due respect, I’m not heartbroken. And second, those are reckless assumptions. No one knows what’s going on behind closed doors. No one considers how sensitive that might be for my partner and me. They don’t know what I’ve been through medically or emotionally.”
Jennifer, who is loved by an entire generation thanks to her role as Rachel in the hit television show Friends, is just the prefect person to be delivering such an important message to people out there. We hope more actors follow her lead, inspiring people to seek out help and lead happier and more wholesome lives. You go, Jen!