One Celebrity's Confession Sparks an Important Conversation About Mental Health

On October 5, hip-hop artist Kid Cudi announced on Facebook that he was checking himself into rehab for depression and suicidal thoughts. 

"Its 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," the letter starts.

"I am not at peace. I haven't been since you've known me. If I didn't come here, I would've done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life."

In the letter, Kid Cudi highlights his everyday struggle with anxiety and depression, and apologizes for letting others down. He notes that although he feels shame about his illness, working to address what is going on with him outweighs his job responsibilities and public opinion.

"I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling." 

The confession has sparked a discussion on social media with #YouGoodMan. According to BuzzFeed News, the hashtag is meant to create a space for black men to share their experiences with mental illness, which is a trait often associated with weakness and being less of a man.

With one in five Americans living with a mental illness, having a way to start conversations about mental health is more crucial than ever and given proper support, it can save lives.

The first week of October was Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) sponsors MIAW as a way to increase considreation and understanding of mental health issues, fight stigma, and advocate
for care.

Whether it is on social media or within your close social circles, here are some other ways to continue raising awareness: