10 YouTubers Who Talk Openly About Their Mental Health

Talking openly about mental health isn’t easy. It can be a polarising topic. There are still some pretty awful out-dated views on mental health which instil fear in people. Fear of those with mental ill health. For those who are unwell, the stigma instils a fear of rejection and discrimination.


When we talk openly about mental health, particularly on social media platforms, we are allowing the world to see us at our most vulnerable. And feeling vulnerable is super uncomfortable.

It’s also a powerful tool for connection; when we are open about our vulnerabilities, it opens to door for others to do the same. It’s like a ‘knowing nod’. I hear you, I see you, I understand you. You’re sharing your story, but in doing so, you’re sharing the story of many others too.

That’s exactly why we wanted to take our hats off to these YouTubers. In recognition of their courage and for kick-starting conversations surrounding mental health. With buckets of gratitude too.

  1. 1. Jacks Gap

2. Zoella

3. Emily Rose

4. Marina Watanabe

5. Keira Rose

6. Jonny Benjamin

7. John Green

8. Samantha Chapman, Pixiwoo

9. Tom Ridgewell, DarkSquidge

10. Beckie Brown

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  • The Blurt Foundation

    That’s really helpful! Thank you.

  • Becca Taylor

    I think that LikeKristen should be on this list, she makes lots of videos talking openly about her struggles, raising mental health awareness and suggesting coping skills.
    There is one person on here that I’m not sure about and that is zoella. It’s just that she will sometimes make an excuse for not vlogging like ‘sorry I didn’t vlog yesterday but I have anxiety and y’know’ and to me it kinda feels like she’s making it into a trendy thing, because she’s always smiley and lovely on camera, never showing the bad parts of having anxiety and panic disorder, which I feel is kind of important because a lot of people will think that her disorders don’t affect her, and underestimate the affect they have on people. Another thing is that her main audience is 9-13 year olds who mostly don’t know what anxiety is; this has led to a lot of people in her comments thinking that they have it, it they do then good for them, otherwise it can lead to the actual disorder itself.
    Just a few thoughts

    • The Blurt Foundation

      Thank you so much for the recommendation Becca