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#YouGoodMan: Rapper Provokes Mental Health Talk


It was in early October that rapper Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, publicly announced on Facebook that he made the decision to admit himself to rehab due to mental health problems. He said he has been primarily struggling with long-term anxiety and depression, and the extenuating pressure of those elements have caused him to feel crippled in his everyday life—“I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” Cudi said in a Facebook statement. The news had come right after he released two singles “Frequency” and “Surf ” from his upcoming album Passion, Pain, and Demo

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My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it,” Cudi shared in his statement. “I can’t make new friends because of it. I don’t trust anyone because of it and I’m tired of being held back in my life. 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 that I need to show myself some love too. I think I never really knew how. I’m scared, I’m sad, I feel like I let a lot of people down and again, I’m sorry. It’s time I fix me. I’m nervous but I’m going to get through this.”

His public revelation opened up a larger dialogue about the stigmas surrounding mental health issues, and his statement provided a platform for other people with similar backgrounds to discuss their personal struggles with mental health.

In the Huffington Post article “Black Men Are Giving Themselves a Space to Talk About Mental Health,” writer Taryn Finley ref lects on the stigmas that surround black men when it comes to discussing mental health. Finley discusses the Twitter hashtag “#YouGoodMan,” which was born shortly after Cudi released his statement. The hashtag encourages the black male community to reach out if they need help, as they are often told to “man up” or suppress any sadness and negative feeling, leaving them to resolve any mental health issues on their own.

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