Being a successful artist in the music industry may seem like a crazy dream come true. Wealth, fame, and fans are obviously implied. But what lies underneath the hedonistic sugar-coated surface of the music industry is invariably difficult to grasp and hard to accept from the eyes of society. And that's mental illness.
The stigma of mental illness in the music industry has been lingering for a number of years, with over 60% of professional musicians suffering from various mental disorders according to a survey from Help Musicians UK. Pretty unnerving. Unfortunately the idea is rarely ever brought up and commonly looked at with disdain, ultimately causing artists to retain their struggles within themselves for fear of upsetting their fans. Remember Britney Spears's breakdown in 2007? It was met with insane amount of backlash, criticism, and even jokes, with many people saying that she did it for attention or that she was just plain crazy. Close to ten years and there's STILL a meme of her circulating around with the phrase: "If Britney can make it through 2007, I can make it through today."
But in the past couple of years, slowly, confidently, and in increasing amounts, artists are beginning to disclose their struggles to the public, garnering attention and even the potential for the hopeful end to such a stigma in order to reach out to others who are battling with mental illnesses as well. Society's views are also being transformed, becoming increasingly aware of the support that these artists need. Most recently being Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi
In an emotional Facebook post, Cudi touches on his past struggles with his mental illness and confirms that he checked himself into rehab for "depression and suicidal urges." "Theres a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times," he states in the post. "Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax." Fans immediately rushed to comment on the powerful post with positive feedback and signs of support and love, applauding his courage.
Sometimes we forget that professional musicians are people too and don't realize that even if they acquire fame, wealth, and amazing fans, they struggle with issues that many people in the world suffer from. So what can we do? Accept their stances and give them all our support. Make them realize that there is nothing to be ashamed of. It's as simple as that. Because in the end, that's all they need.