The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown is determined to end the stigma surrounding mental health and now she has a new platform to do so.
Hannah has always been open about her own personal struggles with anxiety and depression, even since her days as Miss Alabama.
Last year she told Yellowhammer News,
“People always have an opinion about what you do, what you say, how you walk, how you dress. I took the wrong outlook on what pageantry should be – I thought my self-worth was through recognition. In that moment, it is so hard to see joy in life. I can remember times where I didn’t want to get up.”
Through the help of her family, friends, and her faith, she was able to get past her rough patches and now she wants to do the same for others.
In a recent interview with THR, Hannah said that The Bachelorette was actually the perfect place to do so. She explained,
“It’s okay to just say, ‘Hey, I’m a little anxious, I’m a little sad.’ Because we all have moments where we feel that way and The Bachelorette is a great platform for me to be candid about things that I’ve struggled with and to be able to combat them.”
She added that viewers will actually get a chance to see her anxieties play out on screen as she goes through the emotional journey.
“Everybody has moments of sadness and anxiety — and you’ll see me deal with sadness and anxiety — and also being excited and happy and over the moon. I have all emotions and I’m not afraid to show those.”
And contrary to what you might think, the show has actually helped Hannah confront her mental health struggles head-on.
“This journey has really allowed me to accept that I can’t control how people react to me and I can’t always control how I react. Doing this show has taught me how to handle that in a more positive way.”
Hannah’s turn on The Bachelorette has certainly been controversial, to say the least, so it’s great that she’s learned not to take other people’s opinions to heart.
The Bachelorette currently airs on Mondays on ABC.
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