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Shannon Purser Opens Up About Mental Illness & Taking Medication: 'It Gets Better'

Shannon Purser Opens Up About Mental Illness & Taking Medication: 'It Gets Better'

Shannon Purser has only been in the limelight for a few years, but she is already using her platform to speak out about important issues and to reach out to her followers with messages of hope and resilience.

In a new Instagram post, the Stranger Things and Riverdale actress opens up about taking medication for her anxiety and depression, and how it has changed her life.

“I’ve been taking Prozac for my anxiety/depression for several years now,” she writes. “Sometimes I think back on when I first realized that I needed help. I was at the lowest point of my life. I didn’t want to get out of bed or eat. I didn’t want to be alive.”

“The thing I am most thankful for was being able to ask for and receive help. This medication coupled with therapy has completely changed my life for the better. I finally have hope for my future and I wanna be there to see it.”

“Meds aren’t for everyone and that’s okay. There are lots of alternatives and your doctor can help you figure those out! Maybe you have a healthy brain and you don’t need them at all! I suppose I just want this post to reach anyone who feels like they’re alone in their struggle with mental illness. Maybe you feel like you’re weak somehow for needing medication or therapy. You’re not. There’s a whole family of fighters all around you, hiding in plain sight. I know saying that it gets better is a cliché, but it really does.”

We thank Shannon for speaking out and for helping to lessen the stigma around both mental health issues and the medication needed to combat them.

Shannon Purser Casually Wrote a Song & Posted it on Twitter - Listen!

Shannon Purser Casually Wrote a Song & Posted it on Twitter - Listen!

Shannon Purser has a gorgeous singing voice (remember Debby Ryan‘s floored reaction?) and she is putting it to good use this week!

The 20-year-old Stranger Things actress wrote a song yesterday (October 27), and uploaded a clip of it to Twitter for her fans to enjoy.

“I wrote and sleepily recorded a song before I took a nap,” she wrote. “I remember little of it and now I’m going to listen to it, pray for me.”

“Wait this is good,” she realized a moment later. “Ok it doesn’t suck is more accurate.”

It definitely doesn’t.

Start working on your album now, Shannon!

Shannon is pictured at the Stranger Things Binge with Barb at Topshop Oxford Street, London on Thursday night (October 26).

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Shannon Purser Debuts Gorgeous Candle Tattoo

Shannon Purser Debuts Gorgeous Candle Tattoo

Shannon Purser debuted a stunning candle tattoo this week for a powerful reason.

“Candles have always represented warmth, comfort, and the presence of something higher than ourselves,” she wrote on Instagram. “For me, this is the presence of God.”

“This tattoo brings back memories of my mom burning sweet smelling candles during the fall and winter and of nights spent in prayer and meditation with the candles lit. Thanks so much to the lovely artist, @sophiecestlavie. I love it so much.”

So do we!

The tattoo is of a large, lit candle with wax dripping down the sides, framed by flowers. Shannon did not reveal where the placement is, but it looks pretty large.

“took 3 1/2 hours, but it was totally worth it,” she tweeted.

Congrats on your gorgeous new ink!

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Shannon Purser Speaks Out About Rape Culture on Instagram

Shannon Purser Speaks Out About Rape Culture on Instagram

Shannon Purser is not one to stay silent about the problems in our society, and she frequently uses her platforms to educate her followers about a number of issues, from American history to rape culture.

The 20-year-old Stranger Things actress posted a selfie on Instagram yesterday wearing a shirt that reads “END RAPE CULTURE” in black block letters.

“rape culture is schools telling victims not to report rape because it might reflect badly on the administration,” Shannon wrote. “It’s kids being taught that sex is some all important milestone and that somehow you’re not living if you don’t have it asap. It’s women’s testimonies being disregarded because the accusation could ‘ruin the rapist’s life.’”

“There’s no instant fix for this mindset,” she continued. “All we can do is start from the beginning. Teach your children about consent. Take people seriously when they report rape or harassment. Visit RAINN.org for more info.”

We applaud her for speaking out and for using her voice to raise awareness about such an important topic.

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Shannon Purser Dishes On Her New NBC Show 'Rise': 'It's Not Like Glee'

Shannon Purser Dishes On Her New NBC Show 'Rise': 'It's Not Like Glee'

Just last week, it was revealed that Shannon Purser had joined Auli’i Cravalho in NBC’s Rise, and now she’s talking all about it!

Speaking with TVLine at the 2017 Emmy Awards last night, Shannon opened up about the feel of the show, which isn’t at all like Glee.

“I like to think of it as kind of like a Friday Night Lights with music,” Shannon says.

She continues, “It’s not like Glee in the sense that people burst into song. [When they do], it’s all within the confines of the musical that they’re putting on in high school.”

Shannon will also be singing in the show, too: “I get to sing, which I’ve been doing since I was little, so I’m excited about that.”

Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer & Shannon Purser Match in Green at the Emmy Awards 2017

Stranger Things' Natalia Dyer & Shannon Purser Match in Green at the Emmy Awards 2017

Shannon Purser glams up in a eye-catching green gown at the 2017 Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (September 17) in Los Angeles.

The Stranger Things actress joined her co-stars Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, and Charlie Heaton on the red carpet tonight.

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Shannon and Natalia even had a matching moment — even though it wasn’t planned, but they both wore green to the event!


What do you think of their stunning looks?

FYI: Natalia wore a Vera Wang Collection gown. Shannon wowed in a Sachin & Babi look, an Emm Kuo clutch, Swarovski jewelry, and L.K. Bennett shoes. Joe wore John Varvatos.

10+ pics inside of the Stranger Things cast…

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'Stranger Things' Boys Meet Up Before The Emmys!

'Stranger Things' Boys Meet Up Before The Emmys!

Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp all look sharp while meeting up for a picture at the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party on Friday (September 15) at Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

The guys are going to be at the Emmys this weekend for their show Stranger Things, which is up for 18 awards.

Their co-stars Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, and Shannon Purser went to the Emmy Performer Nominees Cocktail Reception that night in Beverly Hills.

On Saturday afternoon, Natalia, Shannon, Gaten, and Joe Keery were seen attending the BBC America BAFTA Los Angeles TV Tea Party held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

FYI: Natalia is wearing a Louis Vuitton dress at the Emmy party. She is wearing a Brock Collection dress at BAFTA. Shannon is wearing a kate spade new york dress, L.K. Bennett shoes and a Zac Zac Posen bag at the Emmy party. She is wearing a Julia Clancey dress, an Ingie Paris clutch, L.K.Bennett shoes, and Maxior jewelry at BAFTA. Noah is wearing a Balmain outfit and Giuseppe Zanotti loafers at the EW party. Finn is wearing an AllSaints suit and The Kooples shirt at the EW party.

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Danielle Panabaker, Alisha Boe, & Shannon Purser Team Up for Glamour x Tory Burch Event

Danielle Panabaker, Alisha Boe, & Shannon Purser Team Up for Glamour x Tory Burch Event

Danielle Panabaker is feeling inspired after attending the Glamour x Tory Burch Women To Watch Lunch!

The Flash actress wore a dress covered with images of dancers while stepping out for the event on Friday (September 15) at the brand’s boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif.

She completed her look with a powder blue purse and brown pumps.

Danielle was joined by 13 Reasons Why‘s Alisha Boe, as well as Stranger ThingsShannon Purser and Natalia Dyer, who both sported pretty patterns.

The private luncheon was held to celebrate the women of television who work in front of and behind the camera.

Guests were given a Phipps watch, a new Tory Burch design inspired by equestrian detail and classic American sportswear.

“Ladies who lunch!” Danielle wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @glamourmag & @toryburch for hosting such a beautiful lunch with such inspiring women. Was a delight to chat with so many inspiring women.”

Also pictured inside: The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, who is wearing Andrea Groussman Fine Jewelry.

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