On Tuesday, Kid Cudi shared with fans that he had checked into rehab for depression and suicidal urges.
"Its been difficult for me to find the words to what Im about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I've been living a lie. It took me a while to get to this place of commitment, but it is something I have to do for myself, my family, my best friend/daughter and all of you, my fans," he wrote in a heartfelt post.
Cudi's revelation has inspired others to speak out about depression and masculinity, sparking a much needed conversation about Black men and mental health. On Twitter, the hashtag #yougoodman includes men sharing their own stories and tackling stereotypes about mental health in the Black community.
I cry to sleep some nights, other nights i don't sleep. Its Not demons...Not "white folk problems" it's an illness. Ur not alone #YouGoodMan— Captain Kirk (@ILLCapitano94) October 6, 2016
I'm fighting epilepsy, depression, bipolar disorder daily. But I do it with a loving Wife and two amazing sons. #YouGoodMan— Rashad Houston (@RashadHouston) October 5, 2016
Black men feel anxiety. Black men feel depression. Black men feel sadness. Black men feel rage. Black men feel and that's ok. #YouGoodMan— Jeffery Allen (@PsychoBabble_06) October 5, 2016
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#yougoodman is a safe space for Black men to share their bouts w depression, heal, bond & know they're not alone. This hashtag is necessary.— NANA JIBRIL 🌙 (@girlswithtoys) October 5, 2016
It's okay if you're struggling with mental illness, and it's okay to seek help. Neither is shameful. Your feelings are valid. #YouGoodMan— regular size rudy (@_nikkijanee) October 5, 2016
As Black men we've been taught not to talk about mental illness or express our emotions. Glad we're having the conversation. #YouGoodMan ?— Dakari A. Barnes (@dk_barnes1) October 5, 2016
If anyone on here wants to talk or speak without any pressure or worries, I won't judge you #YouGoodMan— Afolabi (@aadekaiyaoja) October 6, 2016
Depression is always carrying an invisible backpack full of fears, failures, flaws and false images. Unpack your backpack. #YouGoodMan— Antoine K. Garrett (@TheCoachAG) October 5, 2016
So happy to see the #YouGoodMan hashtag.— Raegan. (@vermillionpearl) October 6, 2016
Black men, we need you. Always.
feeling like you can't talk about your depression and anxiety only makes it worse. I'm glad ppl are shaking the stigma #YouGoodMan— Donwill (@donwill) October 5, 2016
We wish Cudi all the best and are proud of him for speaking out and seeking help.
We hope the conversation around Black men, masculinity, and mental health continues and that others are inspired to seek help and share their story.