Halsey Discusses Mental Health in YouTube “Artist Spotlight Stories” – Billboard

Halsey dives into her own mental health struggles in new YouTube Featured Artist Stories conversation with psychologist Snehi Kapur as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. The video posted to the singer’s YouTube channel on Thursday (May 21) finds her sitting on a platter surrounded by blue and pink clouds as she explains the concept behind her. maniacal album to Dr. Kapur.

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“I wrote it as a kind of study of all these different emotions and perspectives that I had throughout the process of making the record,” she says. “But what was really important to me was making sure it was also educational.”

The singer, who has been open about her mental health struggles, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in high school and spending several weeks in a psychiatric hospital during her senior year, said her goal with the Projector chat is to better help its audience understand bipolar disorder.

Dr. Kapur describes bipolar disorder as a mood disorder that typically manifests in two phases, a low phase (depression) and the manic phase (high energy). The time it takes to diagnose can vary by patient, and no two versions of the disease are the same.

“A lot of people say, ‘You don’t seem to have bipolar disorder,'” Halsey says, describing how many people think she doesn’t have the condition because of her successful and busy career.

Before she had music, however, Halsey says she was a very different person because she didn’t have all the resources she has now. Around the release of his second album, 2017’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, she began to feel elements of her teenage struggles bubbling up again, and she alerted her team and began therapy. She then becomes very real with Dr. Kapur, asking the question she wished she could ask when she was 16: “What am I allowed to feel?”

The answer, according to the psychologist, is that you are allowed to feel whatever you feel and be validated for it. The key is to learn to deal with it by seeking help and not worrying about what other people think while monitoring your thoughts and behavior. The key to remember is that mental illness is real and you can manage it and have a functional life once you have it.

The conversation continues by addressing the public perception of mental illness and how the media can often fetishize it – especially among women – as well as the difficulties of maintaining relationships amid the ups and downs of cyclical health episodes. mental. It also offers advice on how to be an ally for those diagnosed with mental illness. The video encourages viewers to visit the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for support.

The singer also offers her personal mantra, sharing, “Achieving sanity doesn’t happen. Mental health is not a destination. You never get to sanity and you’re like, ‘OK, I’m glad I got here.’ »

Watch the conversation below.

May is Mental Health Month. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or addiction issues, contact the Addiction and Mental Health Services AdministrationNational 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for treatment referrals and confidential information. For those with suicidal thoughts and/or distress, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Raymond T. Helms