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Kristen Bell Shares Struggles With Depression and Anxiety

Kristen Bell Shares Struggles With Depression and Anxiety

Kristen Bell has once again spoken candidly about her struggles with anxiety and depression in an effort to diminish the taboo and encourage others to seek help.

The star has joined the Child Mind Institute’s #MyYoungerSelf campaign, a celebrity-driven initiative to educate people about mental health issues and mental illness.

In a new video she recorded for the nonprofit organization, Kristen shares the words of wisdom she’d like to bestow upon her younger self, all the while reminding viewers that everyone has problems and help is available.

I have suffered from anxiety and/or depression since I was 18,‘ the star began the short clip.

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.’

And you deserve to feel just as beautiful on the days you wear no makeup 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.

She notes that there are resources for people struggling with depression, including doctors who can offer real solutions.

You are not alone. Never feel embarrassed or ashamed about who you are. Never feel embarrassed or ashamed,’ she went on.’

There are plenty of things to feel embarrassed or ashamed about — if you forget your mom’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 are all just human,‘ she concluded.

Both the Child Mind Institute and Kristen have shared part of the clip on social media, with the star adding a caption to say how ‘grateful’ she is to be working with the organization.

Kristen is just one of several celebrities to join the #MyYoungerSelf campaign and speak on camera about experiences of growing up with a mental health or learning disorder.

This is hardly the first time that Kristen has openly discussed her mental health and history of depression, either, as the star has made a point to speak out to destigmatize mental health issues.

In May of 2016, she wrote an essay for Time magazine in which she explained why she was ‘over staying silent‘ about depression, opening up about her first experience with depression in college at New York University.

I felt plagued with a negative attitude and a sense that I was permanently in the shade. I’m normally such a bubbly, positive person, and all of a sudden I stopped feeling like myself,‘ she wrote.

Though she kept quiet about her struggles for the first 15 years of her career, she is now fighting the taboo against them and talking about it.

Here’s the thing: For me, depression is not sadness. It’s not having a bad day and needing a hug. It gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness,‘ she explained. ‘Its debilitation was all-consuming, and it shut down my mental circuit board. I felt worthless, like I had nothing to offer, like I was a failure.’

There is such an extreme stigma about mental health issues, and I can’t make heads or tails of why it exists,’ she went on. ‘Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success or their place on the food chain.’

There’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness. You’re just having a harder time living in your brain than other people,‘ she added.

The star also has a family history of anxiety and depression, which both her mother and grandmother struggled with. In fact, her grandma was subjected to electroshock therapy.

Speaking to interviewer Sam Jones for the series Off Camera, she explained that no one should take her happy-go-lucky demeanor to mean she doesn’t have problems.

I present this very cheery, bubbly person, but I also do a lot of work. I do a lot of introspective work and I check in with myself when I need to exercise and I got on a prescription when I was very young to deal with my anxiety and depression and I still take it today,’ she said. ‘I have no shame in that.

She added: ‘I shatter a little bit when I think people don’t like me. It really hurts my feelings when I’m not liked. And I know that’s not very healthy and I fight it all the time.

Discussing the unfairness in how mental illness is regarded, she went on: ‘You would never deny a diabetic his insulin ever but for some reason when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately crazy or something. It’s a very interesting double standard.

Frozen Costars Kristen Bell & Josh Gad Will Star in New Animated Series

Frozen Costars Kristen Bell & Josh Gad Will Star in New Animated Series

DEADLINE – In a very competitive situation, with three major streaming services pursing, Apple has landed animated musical comedy Central Park, from 20th Century Fox TV, with a two-episode, 26-episode straight-to-series order.

The series comes from the creator/executive producer of the Emmy-winning Fox/20th TV animated comedy series Bob’s Burgers Loren Bouchard, who co-wrote it with the Bob’s Burgers‘ executive producer Nora Smith and actor-writer Josh Gad (Frozen). The show’s voice cast includes Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

Central Park tells the story of a how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.

Bouchard and Gad executive produce alongside Brillstein Entertainment Partners, with Smith serving as consulting producer. Kevin Larsen, who played a key role in getting the project together, is a producer.

Central Park was developed at 20th TV — home of such animated series as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob Burgers, King of the Hill and American Dad — where Bouchard is based. It was originally eyed for Fox, which has been looking up to ramp up its animated offerings, recently ordering Lil Kev animated pilot presentation based on the comedy of Kevin Hart.

After Fox ultimately passed on Central Park, 20th TV took the project out, sparking a heated bidding war among Apple, Netflix and Hulu.

Central Park marks the first animated series for Apple and one of two series the new streaming players has give a 2-season order, along with the morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

It also marks the first animated comedy series in the streaming space for 20th TV. The vast majority of the studio’s animated shows to date have been for sibling broadcast network Fox. (American Dad, which currently airs on TBS, originally ran on Fox for 11 seasons.

Kristen Bell to Serve as Global Advocate for Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund

Kristen Bell to Serve as Global Advocate for Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund

Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

American actress and activist Kristen Bell will become the first global advocate for the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund(WPHF)—a United Nations and civil society partnership supporting women to prevent crises and build peace—the fund announced today. In her new role, Ms. Bell will advocate on behalf of local women across the globe who are working to make our world a more peaceful and gender-equal place.

“I’m honored to advocate for these inspiring women who are working to end conflict, rebuild communities and advance gender equality,” said Bell.

Globally, humanitarian crises and threats to peace are more common than ever before. UN studies show that women’s inclusion in conflict resolution accelerates peacebuilding, expands humanitarian reach and advances gender equality. When women are empowered to meaningfully participate in crises response, their contributions undeniably result in more lasting peace.

Despite this, women’s participation in peacebuilding today remains needlessly low. Financial resources supporting the activities of women peacebuilders are dramatically underfunded worldwide. On average, local women’s organizations receive less than one percent of aid allocated to countries in crisis.

As a global partnership of the United Nations, world governments, and civil society organizations—WPHF helps to fill this gap by raising funds to support the work of women peacebuilders on the ground.

“It’s my joy to be a women mediator,” said Mary, a 44-year-old farmer and member of a local network of WPHF-supported women working to prevent conflict in Burundi. “My work resolving local disputes makes me feel confident and powerful, and I can see the positive impact we’re having in my community.”

To date, WPHF has supported over 30 local women’s organizations like Mary’s, across four countries with grants of over US $7 million.

“WPHF is mobilizing much-needed support for women in crises, and we couldn’t be happier to have Kristen on board,” said Ghita El Khyari, Head of the WPHF Secretariat. “Her passion for this work will help give voice to equally-inspiring women who are working to end conflict and build peace in their communities.”

In addition to her work as an accomplished actress, Kristen Bell is a committed humanitarian and fierce advocate for women’s rights. Her prolific career spans movies and critically acclaimed television shows like Veronica Mars, Frozen, Bad Moms, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and the current hit NBC show, The Good Place.

“At this critical moment, it’s more necessary than ever to see women speak with ownership and confidence,” Bell said. “I’m thrilled to be working with WPHF to help empower local women fighting for peace.”

You can find Kristen Bell on Twitter.

The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is the only global financing mechanism dedicated exclusively to supporting the participation of women and their organizations in peacebuilding and humanitarian action. WPHF is an innovative partnership between the United Nations, member states, and civil society. Generous support for WPHF comes from the governments of AustraliaCanadaIreland,Spainthe United KingdomLiechtenstein, and Lithuania.

Interview│How Kristen Bell Is Accomplishing Her Life Goal To ‘Spread More Joy’

Interview│How Kristen Bell Is Accomplishing Her Life Goal To ‘Spread More Joy’

Kristen Bell was interviewed by Elana Lyn Gross for Forbes. Read below:

Kristen Bell, the award-winning actress and star of NBC’s The Good Place, is well-known for her roles on popular television shows, movies and on Broadway, as well as for her charitable work. Giving back has always been a priority for Bell so, when her friends discovered a simple way to help children with malnutrition recovery, she came on board as a cofounder. They founded This Bar Saves Lives, a granola bar company that donates lifesaving malnutrition treatments to children in need. Along with their giving partners, Edesia Nutrition, Action Against Hunger, Feeding America and Vitamin Angels, the team has provided more than three million nutrition packets to children around the world.

Elana Lyn Gross: What was the inspiration for This Bar Saves Lives?

Kristen Bell: In 2008, my friends Ryan Devlin and Todd Grinnell traveled to Liberia on a humanitarian trip and met children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. While this was disheartening, they also learned how this condition could be effectively treated through a supplement called Plumpy’Nut. Plumpy’Nut is kind of like a supercharged peanut paste with vitamins and minerals. Two to three of these packets a day for approximately eight weeks can bring a malnourished child back to a healthy weight. The main problem is that clinics around the world don’t have access to enough of it. So, when [Delvin] reached out to me with his simple solution to get more Plumpy’Nut packets into the hands of more families, I had to join the team.

Gross: Since launching in 2013, This Bar Saves Lives has provided more than three million nutrient packets to children fighting malnutrition. Do you have a favorite story about the impact This Bar Saves Lives has had on people?

Bell: We captured a time-lapse of a child we were able to help treat at Second Mile Haiti, our giving partner based in Cap-Haitien. What’s incredible is that our customers’ purchases over the past two years have been able to fulfill 100% of Second Mile Haiti’s Plumpy’Nut needs. Kendy arrived at Second Mile Haiti after his mother passed away and weighed only 11 pounds at nine months old. He needed immediate help and was put on a ten-week treatment of Plumpy’Nut. Throughout this period, Kendy gained 50% more weight. His recovery and transformation wasn’t only evident in his physical appearance, but also in his new, lively attitude.

Gross: What are your responsibilities as cofounder of This Bar Saves Lives?

Bell: I have my hand in many different aspects of the business. I joke that my unofficial title is “chief taste officer,” as I love to participate in the flavor and product development process. I also love meeting with retail partners to share our brand’s story and mission. This Bar Saves Lives’ story is a personal one, and it’s best told live. Whenever I can leverage my role as a professional storyteller to spread the word about our brand and mission, I’m there!

Gross: What is a workday like for you? Please walk me through a day!

Bell: My work days are often inconsistent, depending on what job I’m doing at any given time. They always start with a hot cup of matcha! I usually wake up at 7 am with my girls, get them ready, and then I’m off to school which is around 9 am. Then I come home and I’m either off to the recording booth for a voice-over, or off to hair and makeup to shoot, or spend the rest of the day at my computer writing and answering emails at home. I pick the girls up at 4 pm, come home, play with them, make dinner, get them to bed and snuggle with my husband on the couch!

Gross: Has giving back always been important to you? 

Bell: Absolutely. I am incredibly lucky to have always had a great support system and a lot of encouragement to follow my ambition. I want to be that support system for people who don’t have it. My goal in life is to spread more joy and reduce suffering any way I can. It makes me feel good when I lay my head on the pillow at night that I could be of service to someone else because we are all in this together!

Gross: You wrote a beautiful Motto article about your experience with depression and anxiety. What would be your best advice for someone who is silently struggling with depression or anxiety?

Bell: Rip the word “shame” out of your vocabulary. It’s not worth it. Speak openly, be vulnerable and you will find a solution that works for you.

Gross: What is one thing that you wish you had known when you were starting out your career?

Bell: To take time for myself. I’m very ambitious and sometimes have trouble focusing and take too much on. The result is being spread thin and not giving 100% to anything I’ve committed to. Finding time to reflect, meditate, be with family and not think about work helps me pay attention and perform better.

Gross: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Bell: “If it doesn’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter.” —Cher

Gross: What is your business advice for other young professional women?

Bell: Trust your gut. Don’t underestimate the quiet power of diffusion. To diffuse is a strength, not a weakness. It will lead to resolve. Work hard, and be nice to people.

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Fashion Flashback: Kristen Bell Muses on Top Looks

Fashion Flashback: Kristen Bell Muses on Top Looks

When it comes to style, “The Good Place” star and this year’s inaugural SAG Awards host Kristen Bell is definitely drawn to the “girly.” “But when I see the pictures I feel like I’m dressed up to go to my own christening, so I have to be careful how many ruffles I wear.” The “Frozen” star — who’s walked many a red carpet — believes the older she gets, the simpler she dresses. She now often opts for black and white — “modern looks which make me feel more sophisticated.”

2005
I barely knew any designers other than Mr. TJ Maxx,” says Bell of her first SAG Awards experience. “I wasn’t thinking too much about my look because I was so excited to be there, as this was my first awards show.” She believes her style has drastically evolved since. “Also I don’t ever remember wearing a wig but this picture could convince me otherwise!

2010
Bell served as a presenter her first year at the Golden Globes. “I had always loved girly pinks and frills but this look was the start of me trying to dress more like an adult,” she says. “And I felt very elegant, like I was at the big kids’ table for the first time.”

2013
I was seven months’ pregnant and terrified about the limitations I had fitting into a dress,” recalls Bell of her next Globes year. “My stylist, Nicole Chavez, called around town asking people if they had any empire-waist dresses they could spare. … Thankfully, Jessica Paster pulled this dress from Emily Blunt’s options and it fit perfectly!Bell felt gorgeous — something “somewhat hard to achieve” in her state. “If it hadn’t been for their generosity I probably would have shown up in maternity jeans.”

2014
The year “Frozen” went to the Oscars — and scored two wins -— Bell picked a dress in keeping with theme. “I truly did feel like a princess,” she says, noting she was especially into the Piaget diamond necklace. The whole night felt surreal: “My husband [Dax Shepard] and I did a lot of people watching and giggled the whole way through, wondering how on earth we were allowed in.

2016
Bell’s all-time favorite look is from this Emmy year. “I was able to find a dress that was floral and girly but still came across simple and didn’t swallow me up,” she says of the Zuhair Murad gown. “I loved the pattern of the floral and the huge train on the skirt. And shockingly, it was very comfortable.”

2017
This look was far bolder and sexier than anything I had ever worn, but I was really feeling it,” she says of her Jenny Packham Globes dress. “It was the first thing we tried, and even though we tried about 15 more dresses, we couldn’t get past the fit and class of this one. I love a deep plunging neckline and the whole look made me feel very ‘Old Hollywood.”

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