If you’re see­ing a coun­sel­lor, do you have to broad­cast the fact? Your choice. But these guys – fa­mous and ex­posed – did, which is help­ing the toxic stigma sur­round­ing ther­apy weaken by the day

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“You’re at such an ad­van­tage.”

JAY-Z, 48, RAP ICON, SONG­WRITER, RECORD PRO­DUCER, HUS­BAND OF BEY­ONCE “I grew so much from the ex­pe­ri­ence. But I think the most im­por­tant thing I got is that ev­ery­thing is con­nected. Every emo­tion is con­nected and it comes from some­where. And just be­ing aware of it. Be­ing aware of it in ev­ery­day life puts you at such an ad­van­tage.”

“For me, a very good doc­tor was cru­cial to my climb out of de­pres­sion.”

JOHN BROGDEN, 32, FOR­MER LEADER OF THE OP­PO­SI­TION IN NSW “What I’d been push­ing away were some re­ally up­set­ting times as a kid. I needed to ad­dress enor­mous dys­func­tion.”

“My ad­vice is to take con­trol of what’s hap­pen­ing in your brain.”

OSHER GÜNS­BERG, 44, TV PRE­SEN­TER “I know a lot of peo­ple might be wor­ried about see­ing a ther­a­pist be­cause they’re wor­ried about the stigma around men­tal ill­ness. You don’t have to feel this way. If you take con­trol of your own men­tal health you will feel so much more pow­er­ful, so much more en­gaged.”

“If you’re ready to learn and to bet­ter your­self, then you’ll get what you need out of ther­apy.”

DAR­IUS BOYD, 31, FOR­MER RUGBY LEAGUE CHAM­PION FOR QUEENS­LAND AND AUS­TRALIA “There was a time I never spoke about my prob­lems. I shied away from talk­ing about feel­ings. In the end, see­ing some­one was an easy de­ci­sion. I didn’t care what peo­ple thought.”

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