Earlier this year, R&B singer Kehlani was hospitalized following a reported attempt to take her own life. Now, the 21-year-old appears to be on the mend -- she’s back on tour for a small set of shows, doing what she loves while spreading a powerful message about mental health.
During a recent hometown show in Oakland, Calif., Kehlani paused her performance to deliver a moving speech about suicide prevention. She revealed that her suicide attempt in March wasn’t the first time she’s tried to take her own life, and discouraged fans from ever attempting to do the same thing.
“You know I’m very honest with the people that support me. It wasn’t a first time thing and that’s not okay… for anyone.” she said. “[Depression] is something that so many young people are dealing with. And so many young people just slip under the rug.”
After revealing she plans to work closely with the National Suicide Hotline to help people in mental health crises, Kehlani implored fans to care for themselves and for others.
“If you have a friend and they’re scaring you a little, just love them. Hug them and love them up and tell them that it’s good, OK?” she said. “And from me to you, you are worth it, you are perfect, you need to be here every single day that you are meant to be here. Get up every day and know that and tell yourself that.”
Kehlani’s speech follows her recently released song “24/7,” which also addressed her struggle with depression while implying that things will always get better.