Black celebrities are just like every other Black person in the country, and some of them suffer from depression too.
The life of a Black celebrity without the limelight is like that of every other average American Black man. There is the widespread belief that – if you are rich and famous, you have no problems at all. But that isn’t true, as these people also face several problems that they try to hide from the public.
A major problem Black men face is depression. Depression eats you from the inside, as it manifests itself in various ways from excessive anxiety to isolation from other people. All these could make a person slowly implode, due to the fact that you keep everything inside.
Famous recording artist, Kid Cudi revealed earlier this week in a Facebook post that he checked into a rehabilitation facility because he had been suffering from depression and anxiety. He stated that he felt “ashamed,” like he had been “living a lie” by not being frank about his mental health issues. Below is his post in details:
“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.”
Trapped in my mind
— Kid Cudi (@CudiActivity) October 6, 2016
His post brought about the hashtag #YouGoodMan, which has been used on Twitter by other Black men who have also been struggling with mental health but haven’t had the courage to voice their problems out. Too often in our community, Black men who try to share their problems or seek mental health support are deemed week. This perception pushes a lot of Black men into remaining silent about their problems, leaving them without the chance to come out of depression.
It could also be stated that racism also plays a huge role in Black men’s depression. Living in a society where you are looked at like you don’t belong there, treated like animals and oppressed by people who are supposed to protect and help you can only make you mentally unstable. Thanks to Kid Cudi for speaking out; all other Black men suffering from depression should follow suit and seek help. It’s okay to talk about our problems! It’s okay to show emotions! It’s okay to cry!