“YOU ARE PERFECT AND YOU NEED TO BE HERE EVERY SINGLE DAY”
This is what R&B songstress and suicide-survivor, Kehlani, announces positively to the crowd as she delivers a motivational speech to her fans about the reality and severity of mental illnesses today.
You’ve lost all hope and you feel like there is nothing else for you to do, nothing else you can do– these are the feelings that artist, Kehlani, has felt before and has escaped successfully. She recently performed her first show back since her incident in her hometown of Oakland, California. During the show, she paused her performance to convey a powerful speech about suicide prevention. She reveals information about her own suicide attempt last March and how it was not the first time she attempted to take her own life. If you can recall, the petite beauty had ended up in the hospital, Instramming a photo of her injected arm. She also had posted a ‘Thank You’ photo to her ex, PARTYNEXTDOOR, for “saving her life.”
In this same segment of her performance, Kehlani discourages her fans of doing and thinking the same demeaning acts and thoughts as she had done and to instead focus on the importance of living here and now– to push the negativity out and embrace the enchantment surrounding.
With her sweet voice, she tells her screaming, adoring fans “please tell somebody. And please, don’t TRY it, don’t DO it.” She goes on to express the immensity of depression today and how it is something “so many young people are dealing with and so many young people just slip under the rug to things like depression, severe anxiety, and many disorders that people know nothing about.”
With emphasis, Kehlani says “so, if you have a friend and they’re scaring you a little, just love them, ok? Hug them and love them up and tell them that it’s good, ok?”
She professes her intense love for everyone there, with the most genuine and hopeful smile painting her face. She is planning on working closely with the National Suicide Hotline to help people in mental health crises. She wants it to be available and accessible to anyone and everyone.
Here’s a clip from Kehlani’s performance where she speaks up for and speaks out to her fans.
What’s up now?
Well, with a new hair-do (shorter and blonder) and a stronger mind, this star is now all smiles, shining brightly and making moves:
- She is touring again, and gracing her fellow followers with her stunning vocals, recapturing the essence of her music and love for the art.
- She has released a new single “24/7” earlier this month, and it is killer! The song addresses the complexities of life and its ups and downs. She sings in the introduction:
It’s ok to not be ok / To dive in your pain / And it’s alright to not be alright / To search for your light
Listen to it now!
- And… She has reportedly gone vegetarian for the past three months, and is hoping to eventually make the shift to veganism.
Peace and love! 🙂