Frozen star Kristen Bell shares her experience with depression

Kristen Bell is known for her roles in hits including Frozen and Veronica Mars. And now, she is also becoming known for openly discussing her depression. In a letter published on Motto, an online magazine created by the editors of Time magazine, Bell addressed the societal stigma around depression, how common depression is, and the necessity of routine mental health check-ups in addition to physical check-ins, in addition to her personal experience with the illness. Bell candidly illustrates the impact mental health disorders can have on an individual, saying, “[Depression] gave me a complete and utter sense of isolation and loneliness. 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 failure. Now, after seeking help, I can see that those thoughts, of course, couldn’t have been more wrong.”

Bell was compelled to speak out about her own depression in an effort to fight the social taboo of talking about mental illness. “When you try to keep things hidden,” Bell states in her letter, “they fester and ultimately end up revealing themselves in a far more destructive way than if you approach them with honesty.”

Bell is hoping society begins discussing depression and other mental health disorders more openly. “There is a good chance you know someone who is struggling with [depression] since nearly 20% of American adults face some form of mental illness in their lifetime,” she states. “So why aren’t we talking about it?”

Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.