On Monday, October 3, Grammy-winning artist Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab after a long battle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation.
The following evening, the rapper bravely opened up to his fans about his struggle in a long and detailed post on Facebook.
Throughout the post, he repeatedly mentions “I’m sorry,” and states that he is ashamed. And, while guilt is a common emotion experienced with depression–there is absolutely nothing for Kid Cudi to feel remorseful for.
According to Mental Health America, “Major depression is one of the most common mental illnesses, affecting 6.7% (more than 16 million) of American adults each year.” MHA also states that “Too many people resist treatment because they believe depression isn’t serious, that they can treat it themselves or that it is a personal weakness rather than a serious medical illness.”
Depression is a serious medical illness that has an inappropriate stigma attached to it and is all-too-often swept under the rug never to be discussed.
While Kid Cudi may be under the impression that he is doing a disservice to his fans, he is actually helping millions of others who feel that they are alone in suffering from this illness.
Thank you, Kid Cudi. Thank you for being so strong and courageous in overcoming your battle and for proving to the world that it’s okay to seek help. You are truly an inspiration and we support you and wish you a healthy recovery.