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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month: Kesha talks about her depression at MTV VMAs
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The audience at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), held on Aug. 27, 2017, in Inglewood, California, witnessed a slew of musicians and famous artists sharing about the mental disorders they have been grappling with. The audience got a bit emotional as popular American singer and rapper Kesha Rose Sebert gave a power-packed and moving speech on mental problems and suicide prevention.

The singer, who had recently suffered a mental breakdown following her lawsuit with Dr. Luke prior to the release of her comeback album “Rainbow,” shared how depression struck her after she was not allowed to release her music album. Kesha introduced Logic’s track titled “1-800-273-8255,” the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Reiterating the need to keep up while struggling with suicidal thoughts, Kesha said, “It has been said that if you knew who walked beside you, you could never experience fear or doubt again. Every so often, a rare and important song and video come along that lets us know how true that is. The truth is piercing. And the truth is what matters. And the truth is that none of us are alone.”

Depression: Darkness within

While each person has a vulnerable side, most are afraid to share it, let alone be exposed. Kesha said, “And we all have that vulnerable side. Whatever you are going through, however dark it may seem, there is an undeniable truth and strength in the fact that you are not alone. We all have struggles. And as long as you never give up on yourself, light will break through the darkness.”

The fact that the 30-year-old singer was once in the grip of depression is compelling enough for one to realize that the darkness of the mental disorder can engulf anyone irrespective of race, gender and social stature. Depression is a common problem among American people, which can result in suicidal feelings and symptoms.

An increase in the number of people who have either died due to suicide or have become suicidal has led to the designation of September as the “National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.” Untreated mental illnesses, when prolonged and worsened, result in people exhibiting symptoms of willingness to kill themselves. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), suicide claims more than 44,000 American lives every year.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), major depressive disorder is the foremost cause of disability among Americans aged 15-44.3 years. The statistics indicate that more than 16 million American adults are besotted with suppressed feelings of continual sadness and hopelessness. Federal agencies and health care providers are committed to making available all kinds of treatment methods needed to cure emotional illnesses and promote mental health as an essential element of the country’s goal in promoting good health and recovery.

Despite knowing that treatment is possible, many people fail to share their psychological problems and seek medical help. Age-old myths and misconceptions surrounding mental health disorders have made it increasingly difficult to share symptoms of psychiatric issues. This has resulted in many people turning suicidal as they lose their hope in their day-to-day struggle against the claws of depression.

Depression can be overcome with treatment

Depression is not a moral weakness. There is a need to inform and educate an increasing number of Americans about the symptoms of the prevalent disorder that can strike due to myriad reasons, including genetic and environmental among others. Serious mental disorders like depression when not treated on time can result in a person becoming suicidal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 10 women between 18-44 years suffered from major symptoms of depression in the past year.

Studies show that women are more vulnerable to committing suicide. Sovereign Health is a leading mental and behavioral health care provider in the United States. Our suicidal ideation treatment centers for women encompass a detailed approach that includes multiple levels of care and treatment programs. Our traditional therapies and innovative behavioral interventions allow treatment for suicidal ideation for those who need help. For more information about our mental health facilities in Arizona, call our 24/7 helpline number. You can even chat online with our representatives for immediate assistance.

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