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By On January 31st, 2019

Emma Stone joins board of the Child Mind Institute to fight mental health stigma

Emma Stone at the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival
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For actress Emma Stone, severe anxiety is a familiar feeling. She has experienced regular battles with anxiety since she was a child – well before moving to Hollywood and becoming a household name.

“It’s just the way I’m wired,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Thankfully, Stone recognized at an early age that two things allowed her to harness and control her anxiety. Acting and therapy helped her cope and manage her anxiety which drove her to landing roles in films like Easy A, Birdman, and La La Land.

Throughout her career, she has also used her recognition and experiences to help raise awareness and funding for mental health disorders.

Now, Stone is taking this a step further by joining the Board of Directors at the Child Mind Institute – a nonprofit dedicated to helping children with mental health and learning disorders.

“I’m honored to join the board of the Child Mind Institute,” Stone said in a statement to PEOPLE. “This is a stigma-shattering organization I am deeply passionate about, and I’m looking forward to helping the Child Mind Institute continue to advance its critically important work.”

This isn’t the first time Stone has worked with the Child Mind Institute. She previously partnered with the organization as part of the #MyYoungerSelf campaign in 2017, which encouraged celebrities to share videos about their experiences with mental health issues when they were younger.

“It’s so normal, everyone experiences a version of anxiety or worry in their lives and maybe we go through it in a different or more intense way, or for longer periods of time, but there’s nothing wrong with you,” Stone shared in the video. “To be a sensitive person that cares a lot that takes kids in in a deeper way is actually part of what makes you amazing.”

She continued, “Don’t ever feel like you’re a weirdo for it because we’re all weirdos.”

The Child Mind Institute is also excited to have Stone working with their organization in such a capacity – not just because she provides a recognizable face and name. As the Institute’s president, Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz told PEOPLE, the group is proud to include someone who has been consistently been an outspoken proponent for mental health support.

“Emma’s courage in openly discussing her story with anxiety is inspirational,” Dr. Koplewicz said. “It offers hope to millions of kids that it is possible to overcome their own challenges and thrive.”

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