14 times Australian celebrities have bravely opened up about their mental health struggles

''Your struggles are what makes you stronger and you shouldn't be defined by them.''

By Faye Couros
Australians have been feeling the harmful effects of poor mental health for a while now, and the statistics are pretty telling.
In 2019 it was reported by the Australian Bureau of Statistics' National Health Survey: First Results, 2017-18 that around 20.1 per cent of Australians experience "a mental or behavioural condition," and 13.1 per cent "had an anxiety-related condition."
In 2009 the non-profit suicide prevention organisation R U OK? was created to try and encourage essential conversations around mental health, and it made September 9 an annual day to remind people to have conversations with others about mental health.
Over the years, Australian celebrities have become more open about their personal struggles too, and as a result, their willingness to address their mental health has worked to reduce the historic stigma around mental illnesses.
If you or someone you know needs help you can call Lifeline on 131 114 or Beyondblue 1300 224 636.
In celebration of R U OK Day? we've rounded up the most powerful quotes from your favourite Aussie celebrities about their mental health.