This past week, Kid Cudi made an announcement about his choice to enter rehabilitation for his experiences with depression and suicidal thoughts. As one of his fans, I’m not only proud of him for his choice to seek help but for also stirring some important conversations here in the black community; more specifically, among black men.
Despite all of the movements in place to support those with mental disabilities, it is still a taboo conversation in our society. On top of that, our society tends to groom young men to “be strong” and “not be a sissies”; as a result, many young men don’t disclose their emotions and suffer with mental and emotional disorders that often go undiagnosed and untreated. Furthermore, it is not a common conversation we have in the black community. Why? Well, our culture predominantly revolves around seeking prayer for guidance and help with our issues.
That intersectionality can create an ugly picture. While I’m a firm believer in prayer and of teaching our men to be the best that they can be, we must do better as a community to create safe spaces to have these conversations. Not only about mental illness, but about our feelings at their most basic level. Yes, prayer works wonders; but, it also requires action.
As a result of his announcement, I’ve personally noticed young black men on my Facebook feeds and Twitter Timelines open up. Not only that, I’ve seen young black men come together and comment wishes of support. That’s a beautiful thing; but Kid Cudi’s announcement shouldn’t have brought that to the surface. No man should find it “difficult to find the words” because he feels “ashamed” and “sorry” for letting people down.
Thank you Kid Cudi, for saying what a lot of young men are afraid to say and what some finally have the courage to say. May we continue to progress.
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