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YouTubers Deal With Mental Health Issues

In the previous years, the effort to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health has increased, but unfortunately, it remains stagnant in a lot of discourses.

According to one account created by a mental health charity, called MIND, one in four people suffer mental health issues, which can be alarming.

To augment the awareness that has been laid on the table, YouTubers have been incredibly courageous about stepping forward to share to the public their struggles. From Zoe Sugg, who has revealed her anxiety issues, to Dan Howell, who has candidly opened up about his experiences with depression, here are some of the well-loved creators and their mental health struggles.

Howell made a video in 2017 in which he talked about his negative exchanges with depression. He recalled the times when he would frequently catch himself feeling down, all rational thoughts gone. Howell arrived at the point of really wanting to seek help, and so he did.

For the past years, he has been seeing a therapist, which he sincerely credited in his video for turning his life around and preventing him from feeling so alone in his darkest moments. He made an emphasis regarding the public's perception of mental health and why it is essential not to shrug it off.

In a year earlier to Howell's video, Ethan and Grayson Dolan went on tour. Even though they underscored all the great things that came with that tour, the Dolan twins mentioned that they also had been experiencing anxiety and a lot of stress. Just like Howell, both of them pointed out that there is nothing wrong with wishing for the self to be better.

Dodie Clark, an English singer and songwriter, suffers from derealization, where the body can zone out and disconnect from the world. To combat these unstable episodes, she began medication, which slowly worked out for her.

There is also Sugg, or commonly known as Zoella, who has not been one to stray away from the topic. She admitted that at the age of 14, she has already been suffering from anxiety.

The journey has not been easy for her and it has most definitely jaded the joyous character she shows to her viewers every year. She noted that dealing with mental health involves hard work and it’s something that will never go away with a snap of the finger.

It takes a lot of love, understanding and patience to be able to arrive at a stable state of well-being.

Dolan Twins Grayson Dolan (L) and Ethan Dolan attend 2019 Fragrance Foundation Awards at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on June 5, 2019 in New York City. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images

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