Devan McGuinness
January 05, 2017 11:44 am

There are a lot of celebrities we can look up to and Hayden Panettiere, and her willingness to talk about difficult topics, is one of them. The 27-year-old star sat down with Good Morning America on January 5th and opened up about her battle with postpartum depression and what she shared is so important.

Panettiere, who is in New York City promoting the upcoming 5th season of Nashville touched on the postpartum depression she suffered from after welcoming her daughter Kaya, who is now 2 years old.

Panettiere has been open about checking into rehab to receive treatment for postpartum depression, with the support and love of her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.

“Women are so resilient, and that’s the incredible thing about them. I think I’m all the stronger for it. I think I’m a better mom because of it because you never take that connection for granted,” she continued.

The actress is back to playing her character Juliette in Nashville, who also struggled with postpartum depression and she credits playing this character with helping her along the way.

“I’m so glad to be back playing Juliette. Everything she’s been through has been like a hazard sign in the road. She made me stronger,” she says. “I feel like she’s a phoenix. She crashes and burns and then she rises from the ashes and she always takes the lesson and becomes stronger for it.”

“I think it helped me identify what was going on. And to let women know that it’s okay to ask for help and it’s okay to have a moment of weakness. It doesn’t make you a bad person, doesn’t make you a bad mother. It makes you a very strong, resilient woman. You’ve just got to let it make you stronger,” she added.

We are so thankful that she’s willing to be so open in talking about her postpartum mental health because she’s helping so many others identify the signs and seek help.

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