Mayim Bialik Reveals What She'd Tell Her Younger Self About Depression

By David Konow 05/15/18

The actress joins a growing list of celebs sharing their mental health journeys for The Child Mind Institute's #MyYoungerSelf campaign.

Mayim Bialik

In recent years, Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik has been a strong advocate for teen mental health. She recently made a video for the Child Mind Institute's My Younger Self campaign.

The monthlong video series is running throughout National Mental Health Awareness Month. 

Bialik joins a number of celebrities, including Kristen Bell, who have made similar videos for the Child Mind Institute about their mental health struggles.

In the video, Bialik said, “I think what I would have liked to tell my younger self about my mental health is that there are answers. For me, some of those answers I had to wait years to find and I needed to get different help, which ended up being really the right kind of help.”

One of the most important lessons Bialik had to learn was that if one thing didn’t work out, there were other avenues she could take.

“I had this notion when I was younger that if something didn’t work once, or if a therapist didn’t work, or if a medication didn’t work, nothing would ever work," she explains. "I wish I could have told my younger self that something will work, it’s just going to take sometimes more research, sometimes more referrals, and really figuring things out like your life depends on it. Because for me, it did.”

Bialik often writes about mental health issues on her website, Grok Nation. 

She told Future Of Personal Health, “My family has a complicated mental health profile. Name it and we’ve got it. I have always reached out for help in my personal life for support in dealing with family and my own mental health struggles. But now that I have a platform, I want to try and make more of a stance about it.”

Bialik also dedicated considerable space in her book Girling Up, a self-help guide for female teens, to mental health.

“I have a whole chapter devoted to the difficult things in life,” she told WebMD. “Major stressors, unusual events, what symptoms spell depression vs. those that spell grief. I feel really passionately about educating young people about this—it’s so important that we talk about it.”

In addition to all of this, Bialik became a partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as well, and she did public service announcements for their #StigmaFree campaign.

“Being stigma-free means bringing to light things we have kept dark for so long,” she continued. “Stigma-free means acknowledging we struggle and showing the ways we cope so that we can still be present, functional and productive in our work, home and love lives.”

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