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In case you didn’t know, this definitely isn’t the first Hamm has opened up about his own experiences with mental health struggles, let alone the first time he’s advocated for therapy. To Hamm, seeking help when you need it is not a sign of weakness, but rather, of genuine strength. “We live in a world where to admit anything negative about yourself is seen as a weakness, when it’s actually a strength,” he told InStyle back in 2017. “It’s not a weak move to say, ‘I need help.’ In the long run it’s way better, because you have to fix it.”
The actor has long been vocal about normalizing mental health treatment in a number of interviews. In a conversation with The Guardian in June of 2017, for instance, Hamm talked about therapy as something that’s not only healthy, but something that should be a regular part of taking care of yourself. “It’s like going to the dentist,” he said. “If you can afford it, why wouldn’t you?”
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about one in five adults in the U.S. — nearly 44 million, or 18.5 percent of the population — experiences mental illness in a given year. And mental health issues can have serious implications: The organization states that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. overall, the third leading cause of death for people between 10 and 14 years old, and, heartbreakingly, the second leading cause of death for those between 15 and 24 years old.