Colton Haynes Writes Emotional Note in Honor of World Mental Health Day

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Today is World Mental Health Day, which is a “holiday” that was created with the objective of “raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.” Colton Haynes, who has struggled with mental disorders for most of his life, understands the importance of the day and penned an emotional note on Instagram in its honor.

“Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay,” the Teen Wolf star captioned a close-up photo of himself with red, puffy eyes. “This is a photo I took of myself about a month ago when I had reached a point where I had no idea what to do. I had been in bed crying/paralyzed for 3 wks with no explanation. My personal life & career were at an all time high.”

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The 29-year-old continued, “I’ve talked about this before but I can’t stress enough how important it is to seek help when you’re feeling down or in your darkest moments. I’ve struggled with anxiety & depression since I was in the 5th grade & it’s not something that should go untreated or un-cared for. I know a lot of people don’t understand mental illness & pass it off as ppl being dramatic…but it’s a chemical imbalance that no one wants to struggle through. It’s not easy. So let’s all take a second to reach out to those in need of help & those who just need someone to talk to or some encouragement. A little love goes a long way. My heart is with my fellow survivors & ppl struggling through this disease…you aren’t alone.”

Colton previously admitted to having “terminal anxiety [his] entire life” that led to frequent hospitalizations. Things got so bad that he eventually “asked to step away [from Teen Wolf & Arrow] because [he] cared more about [his] mental and physical health than [his] career at the time.”

It is so important that we remove the stigma that surrounds mental health problems, and Colton’s ability to be open and honest about his own struggles is helping to do just that.

Colton is not the only male celebrity who suffers from depression: