Meg Donnelly, known for her role as Addison in Disney Channel’s Zombies, is opening up about her mental health and anxiety to help inspire others who may be struggling, too.
In case you weren’t aware, 1 in 5 young Americans struggle with mental health or learning disorder and today 5 in 5 are facing increased anxiety, fear, and uncertainty because of the pandemic, according to Child Mind Institute. Now, celebrities are coming together to try and help bring awareness, including Meg Donnelly from Disney Channel’s Original Movie, Zombies.
“I am trying to be more open about my anxiety and panic attack journey,” Donnelly said in her recent video. “I mean, it’s such a prevalent thing that happens in my life all the time, and I’ve been so nervous and ashamed of it my whole life.”
Donnelly continued, “I just wanted to come on here and tell you guys that you’re not alone and there’s people like me who are going through it, and they might not want to talk about it because they’re ashamed, but just know that you’re not alone.”
This video is part of the Child Mind Institute’s Getting Better Together campaign to help bring mental health to light and provide inspiration during Mental Health Awareness Month.
The campaign features homemade videos from celebrities who open up and share their “personal stories to support kids who are especially struggling during the pandemic and lend a powerful voice to help eliminate stigma, inspire hope, and encourage kids to ask for help.”
Child Mind Institute released additional information on the campaign in a recent press release, stating:
After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic profoundly disrupting families’ lives, children continue to experience greatly exacerbated mental health and learning challenges. These video testimonials highlight how we can recover from a traumatic event or a mental health challenge, providing hope and sharing the important message that reaching for help is the first powerful step.
Celebrities including Emma Stone (a member of the Child Mind Institute board of directors), Zoe Saldana, Bebe Rexha, Harry Shum Jr, Liza Koshy, Billie Lourd, Gabourey Sidibe, Tan France, Bobby Berk, Jordana Brewster, Jazz Jennings, Nicole Scherzinger, Diego Boneta, Lexi Underwood and Meg Donnelly are among those who made videos, along with kids and teens from across the country.
You can watch Donnelly’s full video here:
A new video will be released each day on Child Mind Institute’s social media channels. You can visit their Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram pages as well as their official website to keep up with the campaign.
More on Zombies
Zombies and Zombies 2 are both streaming on Disney+. If you aren’t aware, the first film follows the story of Addison (Meg Donnelly) and Zed (Milo Manheim) as they start a new semester with both humans and zombies at Seabrook High. The official description reads:
It’s the start of a new semester at Seabrook High, in a suburban town all about uniformity, traditions, football pep rallies and cheerleading championships. That is until students from Zombietown integrate into the school and chaos erupts! It takes the courageous friendship between a fierce and determined cheerleader, Addison, and a zombie football star, Zed, to help unite their high school and ultimately their community.
If you or someone you know is experiencing or suffers from a mental health illness, there are several resources available to find out more information or get connected with help. Visit Mental Health First Aid’s official website for resources.