Kid Cudi's Personal Letter About Depression Brings Us One Step Closer To Ending The Stigma

Honest, raw, and powerful.

In the fight to overcome the stigma surrounding mental illnesses, many celebrities have spoken out about their personal experiences — and now Kid Cudi has chosen to take a stand.

The Grammy Award-winning musician, whose birth name is Scott Mescudi, published an emotional Facebook letter to his fans on Tuesday.

"It's been difficult for me to find the words [for] what I'm about to share with you because I feel ashamed," he wrote on the social platform. "Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I've been living a lie."

According to the letter, Cudi lives with depression. Yesterday, he reportedly checked himself into rehab.

"There's a raging violent storm inside of my heart at all times," he wrote. "My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. 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."

Cudi's powerfully raw statement serves as a call for us to empathize with those living with depression and to understand that mental illness doesn't discriminate — not even against award-winning artists.

"It's time I fix me. I'm nervous but ima [sic] get through this," he wrote. "I'll be back, stronger, better. Reborn."

As of Wednesday, Cudi's Facebook post has received over 490,000 likes.

Living with mental illness is common — more common than everyday human experiences like owning a goldfish or unsubscribing from cable — and acknowledging just how common and just how un-abnormal it is requires honesty. The next step? Encouraging empathy and awareness, and destigmatizing treatment.

And Kid Cudi and celebs like him are leading the way.

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