Isabelle Daza is the latest celebrity to lend her voice and influence for the promotion of mental health awareness in the country.
In a special mental health forum called #LetsTalkLetsListen, Isabelle related her personal encounters with friends and loved ones who are dealing with mental illness, anxiety, and depression.
The actress-entrepreneur began, "In the past few months, maybe it's because I just gave birth, so a lot of people have been reaching out to me and thinking that maybe I'm going through post-partum depression.
"They've been opening up to me about how they've been feeling and what they've been going through, and a lot of these people are people that I care about—cousins, relatives, best friends.
"They were all telling me that either they went through depression, going through depression, or they're going through something and they can't explain it and they're too ashamed to talk about it.
"It was a common denominator amongst all of them—being ashamed...
"I kept thinking, why are you ashamed if you need help?"
These encounters got the new mom thinking more about the stigma against mental health.
She continued, "We look at, let's say cancer, and we think there are charity events for cancer and people talk about it. There are communities behind this, it's an amazing support system.
"But why is it that when it comes to mental illness and depression, nobody wants to talk about it?"
At the same time, Isabelle began to wonder, "Why are they telling me their story?"
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Her husband Adrien Semblat then helped her realize its value.
"When you go home and you're so [discontented] with what you have, even though you have an amazing life.
"Social media does that. It generates this jealousy and it generates this [mindset of] 'I'm not good enough,' 'I'm not as pretty,' 'I'm not as thin,' 'I'm not travelling as much,' and you have this anxiety.
"And with me [as a celebrity], I felt like I need to be relevant, I need to be talked about.
"I need to post something today, otherwise people will forget me.
"I won't have a career.
"It's just this anxiety that traps you, and if I didn't have my amazing friends, family, and support system to tell me that you're gonna get through this, I don't know where I would be."
With this in mind, Isabelle realized that having a strong support system could make a difference.