Late 2016, Kanye West was hospitalized and placed on a psychiatric hold, which caught the eye of the media quite quickly. Information was far and few, but there were reports of dehydration, memory loss, and sleep deprivation circling social media platforms.
Obviously, with stardom comes certain connotations regarding character. Such as the time he infamously crashed TSwift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMA’s. Or that on-stage rant that went a little something like, “I am Picasso. I am Michelangelo. I am Basquiat. I am Walt Disney. I am Steve Jobs.” Let’s not forget the Twitter rants either.
These occasions have changed the foundation of his media persona, and somehow made it acceptable for him to be bashed in a time of trouble.
The public made comments such as “At what point can we disregard this no-talent moron”, and “Waterboard him for a week- it might do him some good”.
This shows an issue that transcends any one person, and shows the relationship between mental health and society.
According to Mental Health America, around one in five adults currently have a medical condition, with rates of youth depression increasing and suicide remaining a leading cause of death in the nation.
No matter how high profile the patient, mental health should not be trivialized or humored. It should instead be met by respect and compassion.
It’s not up to society to decide whether or not your mental health is up to par.
Despite this, though, respecting psychiatric illness remains an issue that’s rarely talked about, and isn’t a problem unless someone degrades a celebrity, it seems.
National Youth Crisis Hotline on 800-448-4663
Your Life Your Voice on 1-800-448-3000.