Kid Cudi speaks about mental health, inspires others to share

By Rob Francis and Dakota Palmer

Rapper Scott Mescudi, best known as Kid Cudi, posted on his Facebook page that after battling depression and suicidal urges for some time, he is checking himself into rehab.

He wrote in the post, “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.”

“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,” Mescudi wrote.

This post came as a shock to many, however fans of Mescudi have been overwhelmingly supportive of the rapper. Many celebrities are reluctant to speak out about their mental illnesses and feel ashamed, like Mescudi, but this post is one that has been life-changing for many.

Mescudi’s bravery and willingness to open up about how his mental health has changed him has opened up many doors for discussion about mental health. His post shows people they don’t have to be ashamed to have mental illnesses, and they don’t have to be ashamed to seek help or speak out about it.

Additionally, his speaking out has started a conversation on Twitter where people spoke of their own mental health issues and used the hashtag #YouGoodMan. African American men, in particular, have shown their support using this hashtag.

Depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is both common and serious, and affects how a person feels, thinks and handles common daily tasks such as work, or even eating and sleeping.

According to the Human and Health Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to have severe mental health issues than the general population. However, only a quarter of African Americans seek help for their mental health, as opposed to 40 percent of Caucasians.

Depression is a constant war against yourself.

Sometimes people lose that war.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) estimates from a 2014 study that 25 million Americans suffer from depression each year, and over 50 percent of suicidal actions stemmed from depression. To put it into easier terms, picture a classroom of about 30 people. Three of those people have depression, two will attempt suicide because of it, and one will succeed.

That may not seem like a whole lot, but when you compare that to 8,000 students on Edinboro’s campus, that means 270 of them will be gone before this semester ends. Imagine our campus with nearly 300 less people.

Think you would notice?

We all get bummed out from time to time and maybe slip into a funk with no foreseeable end, but sometimes it’s not just being gloomy, sad or stressed.

NIMH has outlined several symptoms that may be warning signs for depression, which include: persistent sadness, anxiousness or feelings of emptiness; constant feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, guilt or worthlessness; increased lethargy, irritability and fatigue; difficulty sleeping, remaining still, concentrating or retaining information; aches, pains, cramps or digestive issues with no clear physical symptoms.

If any of these apply to you, please don’t rule anything out. Keep an open mind and reach out to someone. For more information, visit the NIMH website (nimh.nih.gov), visit the Ghering Health and Wellness Center here on campus, or call and email the campus Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at (814) 732-2252.

Remember, you are not alone.

Even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, but you recognize them in a friend or loved one, you can still help. The smallest gesture is the most powerful: talk to them. Just talk. That’s all you need to do. Talk and above all, listen.

In the wise words of Kid Cudi, “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 that I forgot I need to show myself some love too.”

Never forget to show yourself some love.

Rob Francis is a staff writer for The Spectator and Dakota Palmer is the voices editor.

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