Today, singer August Alsina, went on The Breakfast Club to promote his new music (as all artists do). But unlike most artists, August isn’t afraid to open up about his life and what’s really going on in it. In this interview, August talks about issues he has with his family and his battle with depression and thoughts of suicide.
A lot of celebrities, and everyday people, put up a façade on social media and present only the highlights of their lives or what they think would be pleasing for others to see. You see it everyday on Instagram; money, cars, clothes, girls, etc., all to try to impress everyone else. However, EVERYONE goes through trials in life that leave them emotionally hurt. Some may choose to address it and learn from that experience, but others will ignore the pain caused and never fully heal. I’m not saying that you should put everything that you’re going through on social media, but I think social media is very misleading and should not be taken farther than face value.
Thankfully, with artists like August being open and honest about their emotional struggles, we as a society, especially in the African American community, can have more discussions about mental illness and how it affects us. There is an undeniable stigma about mental illness in the African American community that prevents us from fully understanding what it is and how to properly address it. Being depressed isn’t a sign of weakness, its a sign of being human and aware of your emotions. Talking to a therapist helps; they are legally obligated to never tell anything you say unless it can harm others or yourself. Therapists are trained to help you think about why you do the things you do and how to avoid certain behaviors. I can personally vouch that personal therapy has helped me through a lot of situations in my life.
August starts talking about issues with his family and his depression around 16:12. Watch below and comment on how you get through the trials in your life.