Kristen Bell has emerged as a hero for many after opening up about her mental health struggles.
The actress penned an essay for TIME's blog, Motto, about why people need to pay more attention to their mental wellbeing.
"Mental health check-ins should be as routine as going to the doctor or the dentist."
"It’s a knee-jerk reaction to judge people when they’re vulnerable. But there’s nothing weak about struggling with mental illness. You’re just having a harder time living in your brain than other people."
Kristen's philosophy is that your mental health is as fragile and important as your physical health - which is why we need to work harder to combat the stigma around mental illness.
She's encouraging people to talk about their struggles and to see a professional when you're not feeling well.
"You know what happens when I visit my doctor regarding my mental health? He listens. He doesn’t downplay my feelings or immediately hand me a pill or tell me what to do," she says.
"Talking about how you’re feeling is the first step to helping yourself. Depression is a problem that actually has so many solutions. Let’s work together to find those solutions for each other and cast some light on a dark situation."
Earlier this year, Kristen, 35, opened up about her battle with depression for the first time. Watch her interview below:
If you need support for your mental health, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for crisis support, or check the Mental Health Commission website to find services nationwide.