In the past few years, as the public has been rocked by a series of tragic, seemingly inexplicable suicides, more people have come forward about their struggle with depression. Many have lost their lives to the illness and public health figures show the number of Americans who are depressed (and suicidal) has increased alarmingly. It has provoked a national conversation as we have tried to grapple with and maybe help heal the public Health Crisis.
Maybe you are struggling with it right now.
Celebrities can be the people we look to for our own escape from movies to music to television. But they are people too, with their own problems, hard times and battles. They suffer from depression just like those who watch them.
Click next for 20 celebrities who have battled depression and their stories.
If you think someone is experiencing depression or if you are depressed, reach out and let the ones who love you care for you or call 1-800-273-8255 for help.
Please note, this list contains celebrities who have died from depression.