Back in March, singer Kehlani was hospitalized after she attempted to take her own life. The R&B artist, who will be performing at ESSENCE Fest this year, has since made a full recovery and is now speaking out about suicide and mental illness.

During a show, Kehlani stopped during set to reveal that she’d attempted suicide before and to urge others to seek help.

Kehlani, Suicide, and the Dark Side of Social Media


“If you have a friend and they’re scaring you a little, just love them. Just hug them, and love them up, and tell ’em that it’s good, okay. And from me to you, you are worth it, you are perfect, you need to be here, you are meant to be here.”

The singer stated that she plans to work with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to advocate for more discussions on mental health. 

WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.

Loading the player...