Ryan Reynolds Opens Up About Mental Health Because Of His Daughters

An important talk.

American actor Ryan Reynolds has opened up about the talk on mental health, and it’s all because of his three daughters.

Ryan Reynolds spoke about mental health in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, and how his three daughters- James, Inez, and Betty (whom he shares with wife Blake Lively) are the reasons he wants to open a talk on mental health-

“Part of it is that I have three daughters at home and part of my job as a parent is to model behaviors and model what it’s like to be sad and model what it’s like to be anxious, or angry. That there’s space for all these things”

“The home that I grew in, that wasn’t modeled for me really. And that’s not to say that my parents were neglectful, but they come from a different generation.”

Reynolds continued explaining why it’s important to talk about mental health and how it helps other people to open up about it-

“Part of that is to de-stigmatize things and create a conversation around [mental health],”

“I know that when I felt at the absolute bottom it’s usually been because I felt like I was alone in something I was feeling. So I think when people talk about it, I don’t necessarily dwell on it or lament on it, but I think it’s important to talk about it. And when you talk about it, it kind of sets other people free.”

The Deadpool star went on and explained that his upbringing contributed to his mental health struggles-

“I have three older brothers. Our father was tough. He wasn’t easy on anyone. And he wasn’t easy on himself. “

“I think the anxiety might have started there, trying to find ways to control others by trying to control myself. At the time, I never recognized that. I was just a twitchy kid.”

Reynolds also penned a message post on Instagram in honor of mental health awareness month in which he got candid about his ‘lifelong’ struggle with anxiety. The message reads-

“One of the reasons I’m posting this so late is I over-schedule myself and important things slip,”

“And one of the reasons I over-schedule myself is my lifelong pal, anxiety. I know I’m not alone and more important, to all those like me who over schedule, overthink, overwork, over-worry and over-everything, please know you’re not alone.”

“We don’t talk enough about mental health and don’t do enough to destigmatize talking about it. But, as with this post, better late than never, I hope…”

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