Kid Cudi released a statement today, opening up about his depression and why he's checked into rehab, the brave and honest nature of this has sparked a conversation that will hopefully persist. However, the apologetic nature highlights how society makes people with mental health issues feel, that it's a burden or something to be ashamed of- but it isn't, 1 in 3 people suffer from mental health issues at some point in their lives, so why are people not speaking up more?
Those in the public eye, like Kid Cudi, who are willing to be open have a real, positive, impact. Rachel Mackenzie, from Mind, has stated that "In Mind's research 25% said hearing a celebrity talk openly about their own mental health has directly inspired them to seek help or get support for themselves. In turn, over a third of those asked said seeing celebrities stories had prompted them to start a conversation with a friend or loved one about mental health".
Celebrities talking about mental health issues removes the shame (wrongly) attached to those who suffer, for example, Selena Gomez
has recently taken time off to deal with her depression and Cara Delevinge
has also recently opened up.
Read Kid Cudi's full statement below, and get inspired to speak up...
The full statement:
Its been difficult for me to find the words to what Im about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I've been living a lie. It took me a while to get to this place of commitment, but it is something I have to do for myself, my family, my best friend/daughter and all of you, my fans.
Yesterday I checked myself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges.
I am not at peace. I haven't been since you've known me. If I didn't come here, I wouldve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life. Theres a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I cant make new friends because of it. I dont trust anyone because of it and Im tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me? I guess I give so much of myself to others I forgot that I need to show myself some love too. I think I never really knew how. Im scared, im sad, I feel like I let a lot of people down and again, Im sorry. Its time I fix me. Im nervous but ima get through this.
I wont be around to promote much, but the good folks at Republic and my manager Dennis will inform you about upcoming releases. The music videos, album release date etc. The album is still on the way. Promise. I wanted to square away all the business before I got here so I could focus on my recovery.
If all goes well ill be out in time for Complexcon and ill be lookin forward to seeing you all there for high fives and hugs.
Love and light to everyone who has love for me and I am sorry if I let anyone down. I really am sorry. Ill be back, stronger, better. Reborn. I feel like shit, I feel so ashamed. Im sorry.
I love you,
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