Notable people who have talked about mental health

Given the ongoing stigma around mental health, it’s rare for people to openly admit the challenges they’ve faced. Here are some of the people who have come out and talked about it. 

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Richard Branson, entrepreneur, dyslexia 

Andy Dunn, co-founder of Bonobos, bipolar

Paul English, founder of Kayak, bipolar

Brad Feld, venture capitalist, depression

Pedro Franceschi, co-founder Brex 

Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, Asperger’s

Hunter Walk. venture capitalist


Catherine Zeta-Jones, actor, bipolar

Billie Eilsh, anxiety, body dysmorphia

Kanye West, rapper, bipolar

Jim Carrey, actor and comedian, depression and ADHD

Will Smith, actor, ADHD

Michelle Rodriguez, actor, ADD

Glenn Close, actor, depression

Whoopi Goldberg, actor and comedian, dyslexia 

Howie Mandel, actor and game show host, ADD and OCD

Paris Hilton, I don’t know what she is, ADHD

Robin Williams, actor and comedian, depression

Vincent Van Gogh, artist, likely bipolar

Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA

Dan Aykroyd, actor and comedian, Asperger’s 


Simone Biles, gymnast

Naomi Osaka, tennis player

Michael Jordan, basketball player, ADHD

Michael Phelps, swimmer, ADHD


John Nash, Nobel prize winning mathematician,  paranoid schizophrenia (featured in A Beautiful Mind)

Other public figures who are widely believed to have had mental health conditions:

Albert Einstein

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