Kid Cudi has written a heartfelt post on his Facebook page about how his battle with his mental health has caused him to check in to a rehabilitation facility to treat "depression and suicidal urges."
"I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life," Cudi writes. "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." He also reassured fans his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin is still on schedule for release.
It's an incredibly brave move to address private pain so publicly, especially from someone in the ultra macho world of rap, but one which will mean a lot to many people. Despite gradual shifts in understanding, there is a undeniable stigma that still surrounds mental health and it's striking how often Cudi mentions how he "feels ashamed" by how his condition has debilitated him. It takes a tremendous amount of resolve to confront psychological issues and recognise that you might need help. The courage Cudi has shown in being so frank, despite having obvious concerns that he might be perceived as 'weak', is as admirable as it is important.
Nobody is immune from mental illness, and one of the most compounding aspects can be the inclination to hide it from others, to disguise or not acknowledge how it is affecting your behaviour, and to deal with it alone. As often as it may be (correctly) acknowledged that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, it can be immensely difficult not to feel as such if you believe that's the way others might identify you. The most effective way to combat this is developing wide-scale understanding through openness and a willingness to listen, and someone of Kid Cudi's stature to be so candid in the midst of his battle will help immeasurably. We wish him all the best in his recovery.