The birth of her sister’s twin sons and a revealing yoga class inspired DAYS OF OUR LIVES alum Kate Mansi (ex-Abigail) to open up in an emotional blog post about her struggles with anxiety and depression.
Elated after meeting her baby nephews, Mansi found herself unsettled when her yoga instructor suggested during class that “It is impossible to feel depressed when you feel true gratitude.” While understanding that the instructor meant well, the actress admitted she didn’t agree with the sentiment.
“Her perspective was confusing, conflicting and isolating,” Mansi wrote. “Confusing because for me, someone who lives with anxiety and depression, that is not the world I live in. It is imperative to my mental health that I remember nothing is impossible with depression or anxiety.
“I’ve lived the majority of my life with anxiety and depression,” she continued. “I’ve never embraced it, never spoken about it, never wanted it to be part of my story. Until recently.”
Which is why Mansi has spent the last few months working with the organization Bring Change 2 Mind to raise awareness, support and donations for mental health issues by hosting workout classes in a campaign she’s called Sweat to Stop Stigma.
“BC2M has a difficult task,” she admitted. “They are not fighting for something tangible like delivering clean water to underprivileged countries, or building homes for people in need. You can’t necessarily measure the results of this fight. It is a change that has to occur from within and spread and spread and spread until we’ve changed the world.”
For more information on Bring Change 2 Mind and to find out how you can help yourself or others struggling with mental health issues, please visit their website.