Bella Hadid opens up about anxiety, mental health, and the 'flowing rollercoaster of obstacles'

'Social media is not real. For anyone struggling, please remember that'
Bella Hadid
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Bella Hadid is getting candid about her mental health, using her platform to demonstrate the power of openly speaking about mental health.

On Tuesday, the model opened up on her Instagram account, sharing an emotional message about her own journey with mental health, alongside images of her crying.

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Taking a cue from Willow Smith, who Hadid admires for her conversations around mental health, Bella wrote, “I love you and your words,” tagging Willow. She added, “It made me feel a little less alone and that’s why I’d like to post this."

Smith’s quote is as follows, “That feeling of thinking that you’re good enough or being insecure about your art- is natural- but at the same time, I feel like it’s taught. All humans are different, every single human has something so special and unique to offer. And people forget that everyone is basically feeling the same way: lost, confused, not really sure why they’re here. That anxiety, like, everyone is feeling that- - and trying to cover it up in some way. We’re gonna come together in our flaws. In our insecurities, in our joy, in our happiness, and accept it all as beautiful and natural.”

Hadid explained that the quote stuck with her and felt relatable. She noted, “This is pretty much my every day, every night for a few years now.”

The 25-year-old continued, “Social media is not real. For anyone struggling, please remember that. Sometimes all you’ve gotta hear is that you’re not alone. So from me to you, you’re not alone. I love you, I see you and I hear you. Self-help and mental illness/chemical imbalance are not linear and it is almost like a flowing rollercoaster of obstacles… It has its ups and downs, and side to sides."

Urging her followers to look for a “light at the end of the tunnel,” Hadid added, “The rollercoaster always comes to a complete stop at some point. There is always room for it to start up again, but for me, it’s always been nice to know that even if it’s a few days, weeks, or months, it does get better, to some extent, even for a moment)."

“It took me a long time to get that in my mind, but I’ve had enough breakdowns and burnouts to know this. If you work hard enough on yourself, spending time alone to understand your traumas, triggers, joys, and routine, you will always be able to understand or learn more about your own pain and how to handle it."

Bella concluded her post by telling her 47M followers, “Not sure why but it feels harder and harder to not share my truth on here."

Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.

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