It’s 6:11am on October 14, 2018 and I was awakened due to feeling great sadness. I had a traumatic flashback and was stuck there for about half an hour. I began to physically fight at things that were no longer there and felt it would be safer for me to just get up and blog. I must warn you that I may say something that is unpopular right now but here goes.
I would like to share my perspective. Individuals dealing with issues pertaining to mental health do not, I repeat DO NOT want to have to deal with such issues. Those of us that have are battling mental illness, want to be normal as we like to say. This simply means that we’d rather just deal with the regular problems that come with life as opposed to dealing with our mental health as well as those. Often times when we see someone display their mental illness. We join the crowd in shaming them and belittling them because we don’t want to see that in or be reminded of ourselves and by us admonishing them we then feel normal in that moment. That’s what I began to do with Kanye. Once I realized this I became really upset.
I felt that I had turned into those very same people who chose to make fun of and not understand me. I began to see in Kanye what most of us miss about mental illness (Now let me preference the following statement with I am by no means excusing all of his actions). To me it’s evident that the very help that a lot of people are saying that Kanye needs. He’s actually crying out for. He acknowledges at times that he is bipolar and other times he says “They say I’m bipolar…” He hasn’t totally owned his illness and this is often the case with those battling mental illness. His public appearances with the rants and outburst are a cry for help but we have just dismissed them as crazy moments and attention seeking. He indeed is trying to get our attention in his own mentally ill way. We however are ignoring it or just using it for an political agenda.
Maybe we shouldn’t disown Kanye. Maybe we should acknowledge his cry for help by somehow getting his new family’s attention by not supporting any of them financially and hitting up all their social media accounts with the message of GET KANYE SOME HELP PLEASE!!! The signs were there with other geniuses such as Robin Williams, Anthony Bordain etc and most missed them. Those that saw, dismissed them. Imagine if Kanye was next on that list of suicides. How would we all feel then? Is it that he’s not crying out for help or are we just not listening?