Everyone needs to reach out to others in their own way. For some it’s through friends and family, others might prefer therapy or talking to a health professional, and for some it’s through social media.
Last June it was Lizzo who opened up on Instagram, telling her millions of followers about her own struggle. “I’m depressed and there’s no one I can talk to because there’s nothing anyone can do about it,” she wrote. “Life hurts.”
The response was intense and immediate, with fans covering the singer in love, telling her how amazing she is, how much they relate, and even how they use her music to lift themselves up out of similar situations.
“When I opened up about my mental health episode a few months ago, I was triggered like I normally am, and it honestly has happened to me a bunch,” Lizzo explains in the exclusive video above. “And I’ve opened up about it on the internet a bunch. I just didn’t have millions of followers when I did it, so it didn’t connect with as many people as it did this time.”
Lizzo is sharing her story as part of I’m Listening, an initiative dedicated to ending the stigma of talking about mental health.
“I think a part of my sadness is that I kind of get stuck inside of it and I don’t know how to reach out,” the “Juice” singer continues. “I was actually posting that as a form of reaching out, to even my friends. The fact of the matter is I do have people to talk to, but I get so sad sometimes I feel like there’s nothing anyone can say.”
“Nobody can walk inside of our body and change your brain around to feel things differently.”
“I think that’s the scariest and worst part about depression, and sadness, and anxiety is that it’s in your body. There’s nothing external that can change it.”
RADIO.COM’s I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.