Rowan Blanchard Opens Up About Going To Therapy & Her Own Mental Health

Rowan Blanchard Opens Up About Going To Therapy & Her Own Mental Health

One of the best things about Rowan Blanchard is that she’s using her platform for amazing things – like polarizing terms, wage inequality, white feminism and much more.

This month, the 16-year-old actress and activist has opened up about mental health, and how she’s caring for her own mental health, too.

Speaking with Time, Rowan admits that she, like many others, goes to therapy to tackle her depression.

“I’m lucky to go to a therapist. I talk about it with my friends. It’s not this burden I carry. It’s not like a thing that’s my dirty little secret,” Rowan says. “I’m very frank and very open, and that has been aid to me, just letting my friends know I’m really depressed so I might cancel on you five minutes before I’m supposed to meet you.”

“I’ve had that relationship to a lot of my friends because we can talk about our mental health with each other, but we can’t rely on adults the same way to understand that when we tell each other we’re sad, we’re being serious,” she adds. “People who are close in age can understand that things are more surreal and devastating at this age because everything’s happening for the first time.”

Rowan also opened up about the whole term of “self-care” and what it really means to her.

“Part of my self-care was being like, not all of my life has to be public,” she shares. “I realized that I was sharing, sharing, sharing, because that was the culture I was used to, and once I started gaining a platform and writing things about my mental health I realized, oh, actually, it’s up to me what I want to say.”

Rowan continues, “That felt like a way of self-care — it’s up to me, it’s my voice, I can choose how I want to use it. I’m f***ing up every day in my regular life, I’m just not posting about it…I’m trying to figure out how to be a good person, a good daughter, a good sister, a good friend.”

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  • Bojaws Dubois

    Glad to see she’s getting the help she needs