Billie Eilish can identify with the struggle, despite her superstar status.
According to Consequence of Sound, Eilish sat down with Gayle King for an interview on The Gayle King Grammy Special at the end of 2019 for a 2020 Grammys Preview.
Eilish was open about her depression and addressed the importance of mental health. “I was so unhappy last year… I was so unhappy, and I was so, like, joyless. I don’t want to be dark, but I genuinely didn’t think I would make it to 17.”
When King asked about suicidal thoughts, “Yeah. I think about this one time I was in Berlin and I was alone in my hotel… and I remember there was a window right there… I remember crying because I was thinking about how the way that I was going to die was. I was going to do it.”
She was able to talk herself out of it, but now, she tries to advocate to her listeners so they also work to avoid these feelings. “I just grab them by the shoulders and I’m like, ‘Please take care of yourself and be good to yourself and be nice to yourself. Don’t take that extra step and hurt yourself further.’”
The culture in America when it comes to Mental Health is a hard one to navigate, as we’re still struggling to discuss emotions openly. Though there are a lot more representatives of Mental Health, now with Billie Eilish, Eminem’s lyricism, and Mac Miller, among all of the rappers we’ve lost to drugs the last two years, we still have a long way to go.
Know the facts – visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America to identify the symptoms and issues of Depression, Anxiety, and the categories they fall into.
When someone you know and love is at risk, please take the following steps from AFSP.org:
- Talk to them in private
- Listen to their story
- Tell them you care about them
- Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide
- Encourage them to seek treatment or to contact their doctor or therapist
- Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice
Free / Low Income Options For Mental Health Treatment
PennyHoarder shares that if you are in school, you can use the services on site for your therapy. College or university students (and faculty) likely have access to health care services through their schools. Your tuition and fees subsidize them, so you might as well take advantage! Children enrolled in a K-12 school may have access to sessions with a school counselor as well. Lean on these options when your family can’t afford private mental health services.
Search for Psychology Training Clinics In Your Area – some colleges offer walk in’s for civilians. (Google – Psychology Training Clinics)
HealthyPlace.org says “Services at some mental health clinics and other services are on a sliding scale based on income and other factors. Listed in the above treatment locator is whether the facility accepts insurance, Medicare, Medicaid or other forms of payment. It’s best to contact any facility to see specifically if they offer the free mental health service that you need.” You can also call SAMHSA’s National Helpline for this information at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
If you have Seasonal Depression, try taking Vitamin D and a Vitamin B 12 or Complex. These are two of the things your body tends to lack during gloomy days, or Winter time. You may experience elevated mood and more energy if you take them per day.
Can Magnesium treat Depression? It might be worth a try.
Don’t Stop Taking Your Medication If You’re On Depression Medication
If someone forgets to take their medication or chooses to go off of it without doctor supervision, it can cause extreme emotional distress, land that person in the ER, or death.