May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and many celebrities and prominent public figures are using the month as an opportunity to speak out about the mental health issues that affect them. Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), dyslexia, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and others will be highlighted and humanized through various national campaigns and activities in May. One of the most buzz-worthy platforms celebrities are using to discuss mental health in May is the Child Mind Institute\u2019s Speak Up for Kids campaign. Following the campaign\u2019s theme of #MyYoungerSelf, stars are telling their younger selves the things they wished they had heard when they were growing up with mental health issues, and struggling with feelings or problems they didn\u2019t understand. Positive Messages for Young People With Anxiety and Other Mental Health Disorders Actress Emma Stone\u2019s on-camera interview for the campaign was posted online May 1, 2017, to kick off a month-long series of daily #MyYoungerSelf video spots featuring famous people that most kids will recognize. \u201cWhat I would tell kids that are going through anxiety, which I have and can relate to, is that there is nothing wrong with you,\u201d says the charming Stone as she looks directly into the camera. \u201cTo be a sensitive person that cares a lot, that takes things in in a deep way, is actually part of what makes you amazing,\u201d declares Stone, a recent Academy Award-winner for her performance in the smash hit film \u201cLa La Land,\u201d and best-known among younger audiences for her turns in two \u201cSpider-Man\u201d movies. Other famous people sharing similar messages of hope and encouragement with kids and teens include Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps, comedian Jay Leno, actor Wayne Brady and television personality Howie Mandell, among others. Academy Award-winning actor Jesse Eisenberg, who has struggled with anxiety and OCD since childhood, says, \u201cIt\u2019s not the worst thing in the world to have those feelings, even though it might feel like the worst thing in the world.\u201d Best known for his role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the hit film \u201cThe Social Network,\u201d Eisenberg says that people with anxiety and similar disorders may also have other characteristics that are positive and beneficial, such as \u201ca sensitivity to the world, and empathy, or an interesting perception of life.\u201d The Stars Struggle With Mental Health Issues, Just Like Us Celebrities like Selena Gomez, Kristen Bell and Ellie Goulding are using their star power to raise awareness about mental health disorders like anxiety and depression, and how talking about these issues is the first step to getting treatment and learning healthy coping mechanisms that can help. Gomez, who has publicly discussed her own battle with anxiety and depression and credits dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) with saving her life, is bringing attention to youngsters who struggle with mental health problems by executive producing the controversial Netflix show \u201c13 Reasons Why.\u201d Based on the young adult novel of the same name, the show tackles the troubling topic of a high school student's suicide and her 13 reasons for killing herself. Though not rated for younger audiences due to its disturbing and graphic content, the program has attracted thousands of younger viewers, many of whom are secretly watching the show on their mobile devices. The show has triggered a public discourse about its main themes of mental health, rape, bullying and teen suicide. While the program has drawn criticism from many parents and school administrators for glamorizing teen angst and suicide, Gomez hopes it instead portrays these issues realistically, and helps kids feel more comfortable about discussing their problems and reaching out for help. Gomez appears in a short video spot at the end of the program\u2019s finale encouraging kids to tell someone if they are feeling sad or upset \u2014 and she provides a website where kids can find resources to get the help they need. Celebrities With Anxiety and Depression Share Coping Tips British pop singer Ellie Goulding has discussed how her anxiety and panic attacks escalated after she rose to fame with her hit tunes \u201cBurn\u201d and \u201cOn My Mind.\u201d Goulding says that vigorous workouts have helped her cope with pre-performance panic attacks, and regular exercise helps her manage her anxiety and \u201cfeel stronger.\u201d Supermodel Kendall Jenner, who also deals with anxiety, has said that she uses breathing techniques to center herself and ride out panic attacks. Actress Kristen Bell has been very open about the depression she has experienced from a young age, and how treatment has helped her. Bell shares a few tips about depression: 1) Just because a person appears to be \u201cbubbly\u201d don\u2019t assume they don\u2019t experience depression \u2014 be alert for other signs of trouble like fatigue and weight loss; 2) Depression can be experienced as fear and paranoia, not just as sadness and despair; 3) Depression and anxiety can run in families, and 4) Depression is nothing to be ashamed of and it is important to talk about it. Writer-Director-Actor Lena Dunham also says there is no shame in asking for help. Dunham, who created the hit TV show \u201cGirls,\u201d grew up dealing with an anxiety disorder and OCD. In a spot for the May 2017 #MyYoungerSelf video series, Dunham says, \u201cI would tell my younger self that there is no shame in asking a teacher for help and telling a friend that you feel uncomfortable \u2014 it\u2019s just the same as falling down and scraping your knee. I would tell myself to squeeze my dog tightly, to read a book, breathe and meditate, and remember that I am not alone. There are so many other kids suffering this way, and the best thing I can do for them and for myself is to be honest.\u201d Sources: My Younger Self, Speak up for Kids campaign. Child Mind Institute, 2017. President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. Office of the Press Secretary, The White House, May 2017. Selena Gomez Says Therapy Completely Changed Her Life. Lindsay Homes. Healthy Living, The Huffington Post, March 2017. Selena Gomez says this type of therapy completely changed her life. Katie Maguire. Well and Good, March 2017. Ellie Goulding: How fitness helped me overcome panic attacks and anxiety. Emily Laurence. Well and Good, March 2017. The Panic Attacks and Anxiety That Stunned Kendall Jenner\u2014and How She Deals With Them. Katie Maguire. Well and Good, January 2017. 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