Mental health treatment for teen girls and youth is still largely unavailable–in more ways than one. While the treatment may technically be there, many young people are afraid to reach out for it in fear of getting made fun of or labeled as a “freak.” This is due to the deeply ingrained stigma attached to mental health issues. There’s good news, though: this stigma isn’t indestructible. Every time a public figure or celebrity stands up and talks about their struggle openly, that stigma gets undermined and a small piece gets chipped away.

Celebrity stories of dealing with mental health issues

Aaron Carter

Recently, Aaron Carter–once a teen girl heart-throb and successful musician–opened up about his struggle with depression, drug use, and dark thoughts on Oprah. Teen Vogue covered the story in detail. It started at age 16 or 17, when his parents told him they were getting a divorce. He explained that it broke his heart to have to act happy on camera and on stage while he was in turmoil on the inside:

“The depression was brought on because I loved my family being together. I did not want to see them divorced. I couldn’t dwell on it. I couldn’t think about it too much.”

To push the difficult emotions away, he turned to unsavory methods of coping–like drugs and partying. A few years later, he started to lose money and his sister passed away–this was his wake up call. He realized he couldn’t continue on the path he was heading down, so he checked into rehab. There, he learned how to cope with struggles more effectively and in a healthy way–stories like Carter’s inspire individuals to seek out treatment for teen girls and youth when it’s needed.

Scott Mescudi, AKA Kid Cudi

Back towards the beginning of October, famous rapper Kid Cudi checked into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts. He posted about it on Facebook, explaining his struggle and why he’s decided to finally turn to treatment.

Part of the post read:

“Its been difficult for me to find the words to what Im about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I’ve been living a lie. It took me a while to get to this place of commitment, but it is something I have to do for myself, my family, my best friend/daughter and all of you, my fans…My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it…Its time I fix me.”

It takes an immense amount of strength not just to seek out treatment, but to explain to the world why you’re doing it. Cudi’s strength will be passed onto others struggling with mental health issues–hopefully inspiring them to seek out treatment for teen girls and youth.

Solstice East offers treatment for teen girls

Solstice East offers residential treatment for teen girls, ages 14 to 18, grappling with depression, anxiety, trauma, and other emotional or behavioral problems. In our residential treatment for teen girls, we strive to help our girls develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness.

For more information about treatment for teen girls at Solstice East, please contact us at 828-484-9946.