‘Everyone has problems’ Kristen Bell opens up about mental health struggles

Kristen Bell has revealed what advice she would give her younger self in a frank and honest Instagram video supporting The Child Mind Institute’s latest campaign.

In recent years, the 37-year-old actress has been very open about her struggles with mental health so it’s no surprise to see her helping such a good cause.

The candid video begins with the mother-of-two telling her followers: ‘Hi, my name is Kristen and I have suffered from anxiety and/or depression since I was 18. What I would say to my younger self is don’t be fooled by this game of perfection that humans play. Because Instagram and magazines and TV shows, they strive for a certain aesthetic, and everything looks so beautiful, and people seem like they don’t have any problems, but everyone’s human.

‘Everyone has problems. Everyone feels yucky on the inside sometimes,’ she continues, before adding: ‘And you deserve to feel just as beautiful on the days you wear no make-up and the days you don’t shower and the days you feel like you’re depressed. And you have an obligation to take care of yourself from the inside out because that’s how you can truly feel beautiful.’

Appearing to go make-up free and wearing a plain grey jumper, the blonde star goes on to stress that there is help available for people struggling.

‘There are resources out there if you’re feeling anxious of people to talk to and doctors to interact with and there are tons of solutions out there for you. You are not alone. Never feel embarrassed or ashamed about who you are,’ the mum says.

‘There are plenty of things to feel embarrassed or ashamed about. If you forget your mum’s birthday, feel embarrassed about that. If you are prone to gossiping, feel ashamed about that but never feel embarrassed or ashamed about the uniqueness that is you because there are people out there to help and we’re all just human and you can do it.’

The Bad Moms star’s post has already garnered over 976,000 likes with many praising her for being so honest.

‘Thank you for being you. You are a beautiful lady,’ one follower commented, while another added: ‘Love that you use your power to help others!’

Captioning the video, Kristen wrote: ‘So grateful to be working with @childmindinstitute on their #MyYoungerSelf campaign. Together we asked some familiar faces what they would tell their younger selves about their mental health or learning disorder.’

Other stars who took part include Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek and US actress Brittany Snow.

Words by Kirsty McCormack