*Photo credit, Kid Cudi’s Facebook Page
There has been more public awareness about mental health recently. On October 4, rapper Kid Cudi posted to Facebook that he has been dealing with depression and suicidal urges.
“It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m 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 awhile 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,” wrote Cudi in the post.
Later in the post also writing, “I am sorry. I’ll be back, stronger, better. Reborn,” signing the post with his real name, Scott Mescudi.
This post now has over 574,000 likes, 136,871 shares and 53,587 comments of support from fans and well-wishers. The emotional post from the rapper is now sparking conversation about mental health among the rap community and teens. One Facebook commenter wrote, “Your mental health and wellbeing is important. You do not owe us an apology. We owe you a thank you for being strong enough to do what’s best for you and your family before 2016 sees yet another legend fall. Get better soon.” Many others matched the support of this commenter, sharing their struggles and feelings of depression.
Twitter users have continued the conversation using the hashtag #YouGoodMan to post openly about mental issues.
Mental health is becoming more popular to discuss. The recent announcements from celebrities like Bruce Springsteen who discussed battling depression and Run-DMC’s Darryl McDaniels writing about suicidal thoughts in his book have pushed the issue.
Public awareness about mental health will grow with removal of the stigma that comes with mental health issues. Awareness needs to continue for more people to find the help they need.
If you know a child or young adult struggling with depression or experiencing thoughts of self-harm, contact our psychiatric hospitals at 1-866-KVC-CARES (582-2273), or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).