Cara Delevingne Opens up About Her Mental Health Struggles

April 1st 2016

Taylor Bell

In a Friday morning Twitter "rant," Supermodel Cara Delevingne "set the record straight" about her recent break from the modeling scene, and earned a deluge of support for opening up about her struggles with depression.

In a series of tweets, Delevingne revealed that she suffers from depression and that her abrupt exit from the modeling industry — which recently ended with the launch of a new campaign for Yves Saint Laurent — was caused by feelings of "self-hatred." The messages have all been retweeted at least 2,000 times.

Though Delevingne has previously been critical of the modeling industry for "using" young girls, she clarified that she never quit the industry, and that she does not blame her profession for any of the personal turmoil she experienced.

Instead, Delevingne clarified that the recent break from modeling was brought on by the pressure of trying to balance a hectic career while dealing with the challenges of depression.

Given how common depression is, and how difficult it can be to suffer in silence, Twitter users were grateful for Delevingne's willingness to speak up.

Balancing a Career While Suffering With Depression

Currently, major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the America for people aged 15-44. It affects 14.6 million adults, and it is more prevalent in women than in men, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

According to Mental Health of America, when it comes to the workplace, depression is one the top challenges employees face, along with stress related to family issues. Further, employees are often hesitant to report mental health concerns, for fears that their personal information will be spread around to their co-workers

Often times a depressed employee will not seek treatment because they fear the affect it will have on their job and they are concerned about confidentiality. — Mental Health of America


But securing a proper work-life balance and speaking is one of the most important steps in battling depression in the workplace, according to The Muse.

"If things are incredibly difficult, or if you need to take more time off than your mental health days allow, you may need to say something to your employer. During a particularly difficult week, I finally told my boss that I was dealing with depression. I was so worried that she would figure out something was wrong, and I decided I would rather her know that it was depression and not a lack of interest in my work. Obviously, not everyone has that kind of relationship with her supervisor, so don’t feel obligated to disclose details. If you’re taking a lot of time off or you’re worried others will wonder what’s going on, you can tell them that you’ve been “dealing with some health issues” and leave it at that. Or, consult with HR to determine the best approach."