Lili Reinhart
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Riverdale star Lili Reinhart is heading back to therapy to deal with her mental health. She recently revealed on Instagram that she needs time to deal with anxiety and depression, and she also used this moment to let people know that getting help for mental health issues is nothing to be ashamed of. 

This isn't the first time she's proudly admitted receiving treatment for her mental health. She was diagnosed with depression at 14, and even had to return home shortly after first moving to LA so as not to worsen her condition. She also swore off Twitter last year after she called the social site a "cesspool."

Lili Reinhart is going to therapy, and she's not ashamed of it in the slightest.

The Riverdale star just revealed she's going back to therapy. She wrote on her Instagram story that she's gone back to seeing a therapist so that she can get help with anxiety and depression. She also let fans know that there's nothing wrong with seeking help. 

"Friendly reminder for anyone who needs to hear it: Therapy is never something to feel ashamed of," she wrote.

She continued to encourage her (very young) followers to do what's best for their mental health.

Reinhart continued encouraging people who need it to seek help. "We are all human. And we all struggle. Don't suffer in silence," she shared. She said that she wants to be honest with her fans about what her life is like and is well known for getting very real across social media platforms.

This mental health declaration comes not long after Reinhart deleted her Twitter account in 2018.

Back in December, the actress stepped away from Twitter altogether. She faced a lot of negativity there and went as far as to call the platform a "cesspool for evil 15-year-olds." She said that they're "miserable" people who have nothing better to do than direct hate at her, her castmates, her relationship with Cole Sprouse, and the show. But she's back now.

A Twitter feud involving fellow Riverdale cast mate KJ Apa could have prompted her decision. 

Reinhart never gave a specific incident as to why she left Twitter last year, but it could have been caused by a fight between Riverdale star KJ Apa and YouTuber Elijah Daniel. Daniel asked if the show's fanbase "know the show sucks." Apa fired back and called Daniel an "idiot." Then other stars from the show got involved.

Ashleigh Murray also got involved.

Ashleigh Murray, who plays Josie McCoy on Riverdale, also jumped in to defend her own show. She called Daniel out to point out just how much less famous he is than the cast he was trying to make fun of. She said that people recognize her from "the back of my head. What do you do?" But it doesn't end there. 

Murray didn't like that Daniel called her "sis," either. 

She pointed out that when Daniel responded to Apa, he didn't really use slang. But when he responded to her, he called her "sis." She makes the point that he did this because she's a black woman. 

"*tweets KJ Apa: regular vernaculars *tweets black girl: LISTEN SIS nice try, Eminem, nice try"

But anyway, back to Reinhart. She's lived with depression from a young age.

Reinhart was reportedly first diagnosed with depression when she was 14. She said she fell back into it when she first moved to LA to begin an acting career. She was "struggling to get out of the house and get out of bed and struggling to make friends. It was a really rough, rough point in my life.”

And she's always been open about how therapy and working on Riverdale have improved her mental health.

After her first move to LA, Reinhart reportedly returned to Ohio for six months for therapy. Then she returned to LA and soon landed the role of Betty Cooper on Riverdale — the rest is history. She credits the show with ending "the worst depression I had ever experienced."

Back in 2017, she encouraged people everywhere to put their mental and emotional stability first.

Reinhart went on Twitter for mental health awareness month (April) to talk about how hard she had worked to become a steadily working actress. 

"I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love. And when I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me," she wrote.

She went on to say that people shouldn't give up on themselves even if they do have mental illnesses. She reminded people that it's a priority that should come first. 

And though she's been accused of downplaying the effects of depression, it's worth noting how important it is for Reinhart to be spreading the gospel of therapy to her massive and impressionable young fan base.

Seeing a therapist has historically been seen as taboo or as a sign of frailty. But anyone who's seen one to improve their mental health can attest that it's major for such a huge celebrity to encourage young people to think about how their mental health affects their daily lives and to do something about it when it's not in the best shape.