Olivia Munn Says Mental Health Stigma Is Becoming More Common And Less Taboo

Olivia Munn wants to bring awareness to mental health Olivia Munn, actress and director of the movie “Book Smart,” has been open about her own mental health struggles. After...

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Olivia Munn wants to bring awareness to mental health

Olivia Munn, actress and director of the movie “Book Smart,” has been open about her own mental health struggles. After professional chef Anthony Bourdain’s 2018 suicide, Munn spoke out about her own history of severe depression and suicidal thoughts. On Instagram, she urged her followers to seek help, even posting the phone numbers of suicide hotlines in various countries.

“Please listen to me- from someone who is telling you that she’s been where you are- when I say that SUICIDE IS NOT THE RIGHT CHOICE,” Munn wrote. “With suicide, there’s no do-overs. Please try every single option you can before making a choice that cannot be undone.”

However, a year later, Munn said she believes the stigma around mental health is starting to lessen, and more people are willing to talk about it and seek help.

Munn made her comments at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Detroit yesterday. She noted that “we can all be activists if we want to.” During her talk, Munn also revealed she’d recently been in an abusive relationship, and is now focused on self-care. However, focusing on her well-being hasn’t been easy for a hard worker like Munn.

“It’s a conscious effort because it’s not natural for me. It’s not a natural feeling to take time to take care of yourself,” she said. “Someone told me if you don’t have 10 minutes to yourself every day, then God help you and, I thought, ‘wow, that’s dark,'” she said.

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