These courageous YouTubers are helping the world understand mental illness

Source: We the Unicorns / Lea Rice

Way back in 2012, before book deals, cosmetic lines and baby pugs, Zoella unwittingly cham

There’s still a stigma to beat. Depression in particular is a fatal secret to keep – more men die from suicide every year than from cancer – but people of all ages still feel too ashamed to open up about what’s really going on.

So here’s our intervention. Today we’re shining a spotlight on truly great YouTubers who are leading the crusade against mental health stigma. If any of the issues discussed in this article feel like they might apply to you, we cannot stress enough how OK it is to speak to someone about it. A parent, a trusted friend, your GP… anyone. These guys would say the same.


Documenting Depression

Let’s start back at the beginning. As soon as Zoe Suggs started weaving anxiety videos into her usual makeup tutorials, young people started to sit up and pay attention. She went mainstream, appearing on nationwide TV shows like This Morning to demonstrate that good things can happen when you discuss anxiety. She appeared on the show with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield in September 2014, and was announced as an ambassador for mental health charity Mind the following month.

Beckie Jane Brown (formerly Beckie0) also began vlogging about a much lesser-known illness called Trichotillomania; a condition where someone feels compelled to pull their hair out.

Beckie compiled years worth of photos, taken every day, to show how the condition has changed and affected how she looks as she lives with the condition. She still produces updated compilations as part of her TrichJournal movement, and are frequently picked up by news outlets such as the BBC.


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