Kid Cudi's Facebook confession sheds light on African American men and depression

According to the Fox program Dish Nation Hip Hop artist and actor Kid Cudi used social media to tell his fans he has checked himself into a treatment facility for depression and suicidal urges.

“I am not at peace I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” Cudi posted on Facebook.

“It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel so ashamed,”  Cudi posted.

“It took a while to get to this place of commitment but it is something I have to do for myself my family my best friend/daughter and all of you my fans,” Cudi said.

“I think what Kid Cudi is doing is phenomenal,” said Fox26 psychotherapist Mary Jo Rappini. “I think it’s really going to help a lot of other guys say to themselves he has it and he’s really important and it’s ok for me to admit it.”

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of Minority Health African Americans are 10 percent more likely to report having serious psychological problems than whites.

But there’s a stigma when it comes to black men talking about their mental health.

Society can make it difficult for men to talk about their feelings because of the attitude man up, be a man.

“That’s a really important point I think that’s why many times we see men in our clinic at the last stage being actually suicidal.

Kid Cudi has started a social media conversation about black men and mental health with #yougoodman.

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