Celebrities open up about mental health, help others - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Celebrities open up about mental health, help others

Utahna Hancock, a therapist, said when celebrities use their platforms to talk about mental illness it helps everyone who looks up to them. (Source: KFVS) Utahna Hancock, a therapist, said when celebrities use their platforms to talk about mental illness it helps everyone who looks up to them. (Source: KFVS)
(KFVS) -

Celebrities and athletes are opening up about their own struggles with mental illness, most recently NBA Star Kevin Love wrote about his silent struggle with panic attacks.

Utahna Hancock, a therapist, said when celebrities use their platforms to talk about mental illness it helps everyone who looks up to them and when celebrities and athletes talk publicly about their struggles, it opens up the conversation for others.

"When celebrities come out then I have an increase in clients who come in and say I've been feeling like I don't want to do anything like I use to, I don't enjoy life like I use to," said Hancock. 

After tweeting the link to his article, Love received an outpouring of support from fans and teammates, something Hancock said helps to get rid of the stigma around mental illness.

"They're not going to feel all weirded out by their friend because their friend has panic attacks or their friend has anxiety attacks, they rally around that's what teammates do and they see that and that's a good example."

Hancock said one of the signs of mental illness is a lack of desire.

"You don't enjoy the things that you use to enjoy just this feeling of worthlessness, unhappiness, sometimes it takes people by surprise how long they've been unhappy," said Hancock. 

She said if you need help don't hesitate to look for it. 

"Get with support groups, look around to see what kind of support groups there are," said Hancock. 

To find a support group, click here

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • What you need to know May 21

    What you need to know May 21

    Monday, May 21 2018 5:41 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:41:02 GMT
    The morning will be wet but showers won't last all day (Source: Pixabay)The morning will be wet but showers won't last all day (Source: Pixabay)
    The morning will be wet but showers won't last all day (Source: Pixabay)The morning will be wet but showers won't last all day (Source: Pixabay)

    Good morning, it is Monday, May 21. First Alert Forecast We have rain on the radar this morning. 

    Good morning, it is Monday, May 21. First Alert Forecast We have rain on the radar this morning. 

  • What you need to know May 18

    What you need to know May 18

    Monday, May 21 2018 5:32 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:32:24 GMT
    The chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible. (Source: Pixabay)The chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible. (Source: Pixabay)

    Good Friday morning it is May 18. First Alert Forecast We have rain on the radar, so we’ll have showers and thunderstorms during our show and throughout the day.

    Good Friday morning it is May 18. First Alert Forecast We have rain on the radar, so we’ll have showers and thunderstorms during our show and throughout the day.

  • Man found in barn loft arrested on drug charges in McCracken Co., KY

    Man found in barn loft arrested on drug charges in McCracken Co., KY

    Monday, May 21 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-05-21 09:23:11 GMT
    The man was found in the loft of a barn and arrested on drug charges (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)The man was found in the loft of a barn and arrested on drug charges (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)
    The man was found in the loft of a barn and arrested on drug charges (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)The man was found in the loft of a barn and arrested on drug charges (Source: McCracken County Sheriff's Department)

    Deputies in McCracken County, Kentucky said a man hiding in a barn was arrested on drug charges early Monday morning on May 21, 2018.

    Deputies in McCracken County, Kentucky said a man hiding in a barn was arrested on drug charges early Monday morning on May 21, 2018.

Powered by Frankly