Bravo Shawn 👏

Whenever I hear of someone in the public eye, whether it be a celebrity, a performer, a social media influencer or a sports figure using their platform to speak openly about their mental health struggles or making the difficult decision to take a time out from the spotlight in order to focus on their health and well-being deserves a standing ovation. 

I will happily give Shawn Mendes a standing ovation.

His statement he put out to the public late last week was authentic and admirable. It’s not easy to show such vulnerability to anyone, let alone to millions of adoring fans.

He is listening to what his body and mind are telling him which is that he needs to rest right now in order to heal. He is sending such an incredibly important and positive message to the world and especially to men, that it’s okay to not be okay and that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. He is just human afterall.

His message gives me hope that each and every day we are slowly moving one step closer to living in a world with no stigma and I’m in awe of how many young people in this next generation are learning to use their voices for good as well as learning how to say no by creating healthy boundaries in order to NOT push themselves beyond their limitations or capabilities, something which had affected the well-being of so many other performers like Whitney and Britney; and as far back as Elvis.

Shawn, you are an inspiration and role model to so many. I wish you well in your journey ahead and thank you for helping to destigmatize mental illness and showing the world the importance of self advocacy. 

Bravo Shawn, Keep fighting

Signed, An Adoring Hometown Fan

#endthestigmatogether #selfadvocacy #mentalhealth #mentalwellness #ahometownfan #inspiringwords #Bravo #itsoktonotbeok #itsoktoaskforhelp #maledepression #fellowcanadian @shawnmendes

Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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