“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Inspirational individuals demonstrate that mental health struggles do not have to define a person and that they can still achieve great things despite their challenges. They also help to break down stigma and encourage others to seek help and support for their own mental health concerns.
I have distinguished role models and celebrities as they can be inspirational for different reasons, substance and period of time. Take your pick to reflect and aspire to be the same. Some people are great, some have greatness thrust upon them!
Here are some inspirational people who have suffered from mental health problems:
Abraham Lincoln: one of the greatest US presidents who struggled with depression throughout his life.
Winston Churchill: the UK’s iconic wartime prime minister, who experienced severe depression and referred to his bouts of sadness as “the black dog.”
Vincent Van Gogh: one of the most famous painters in history, who battled with depression and anxiety, which is thought to have influenced his artwork.
Princess Diana: the beloved British princess who suffered from depression and bulimia throughout her life and was a vocal advocate for mental health awareness.
J.K. Rowling: the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series, who has opened up about her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Buzz Aldrin: the second man to walk on the moon, who struggled with depression and alcoholism following his historic achievement.
Terry Bradshaw: the former NFL quarterback who has spoken about his struggles with depression and anxiety, which he attributes to the physical and mental toll of his football career.
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