Cara Delevingne is in a new era — one marked by healthy boundaries, sobriety, and stability. Recently, the actor and model has been vocal about her mental health struggles (namely anxiety and depression). At an intimate dinner supporting the New York-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center, Delevingne shared a bit more about where she is now in her journey. 

The New York-Presbyterian Youth Anxiety Center is dedicated to addressing the epidemic of anxiety and depression in adolescents and young adults through research and various treatment methods. Vogue editor-in-chief, Condé Nast global content officer, and founding committee member Anna Wintour organized a star-studded dinner at Verōnika in New York City. Guests included artists Demi Lovato and Camilla Cabello, designer Christopher John Rogers, and co-host Sienna Miller. 

In a talk preceding the dinner, Delevingne sat down with editor Chioma Nnadi and spoke about having anxiety as a teenager. “It [anxiety] was a result of not speaking about my feelings and not knowing how to process my emotions,” said Delevingne. As a child, she dealt with “ overwhelming speeding thoughts” that she couldn’t control. Becoming a famous model at the age of 19 only increased the pressure.“Then it was pressure to be liked… but now there’s a whole new wave of pressure that I deal with,” says Delevingne. To cope she turned to various substances and alcohol as a means of escape, which only worsened her internal turmoil. “It’s heartbreaking because I thought I was having fun, but at some point, it was like, okay, I don’t look well,” she told Nnandi in her Vogue cover story earlier this year. 

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