Kehlani Delivers Speech About Suicide and Depression During Show
Rucuss staffMay 16, 2016
Kehlani is back performing for her fans.
And she’s brining awareness to her shows. During her first performance since her attempted suicide, Kehlani talked to the crowd about a cause that’s near to her heart, one that landed her in the hospital in March. She admitted that it wasn’t her first time that she tried to end her life.
“I’m very honest with the people that support me,” Kehlani said, referring to her suicide attempt. “It wasn’t a first time thing and that’s not OK. That’s not OK for anyone, not the people around you, not the people who love you, not the people who care about you.”
Kehlani announced that she would help to raise awareness about suicide prevention, because she feels these issues are often overlooked.
“It’s something that so many young people are dealing with,” she said. “So many young people just slip under the rug to things like depression and severe anxiety and many disorders that people know nothing about.”
Before ending her speech, Kehlani also advised her fans to support others who may be suffering as well.
“If you have a friend and they’re scaring you a little, just love them,” Kehlani said. “Hug them and love them up and tell them that it’s good. And from me to you, you are worth it. You are perfect. You need to be here every single day that you are meant to be here. Get up every day and know that and tell yourself that.”
Kehlani tried to kill herself after harsh criticism she received online. Her ex-boyfriend PARTYNEXTDOOR posted a photo of the singer in his bed. Some thought she was cheating on Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving. But the NBA star said the two had broken up prior to the photo’s release.
Watch Kehlani’s speech below.
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