In a sit down on Thursday October 10, singer songwriter Keri Hilson revealed she fought a battle with depression for seven years.
October 10th marks World Mental Health day and the US singer joined hundreds to speak out about the condition that continues to affect millions of families.
She shared her struggle saying she went on a music hiatus in those seven years to deal with the challenge.
A year ago she disclosed on youtube that
I was bearing the weight of some personal and professional mistakes and they just weighed so so so heavy on my spirit, and I was just not myself,
I was at the pinnacle, you know? I was severely unhappy and then add to that, this is when I decide to jump out of an eleven-year relationship. Bad decision, bad timing,” Keri added.
Keri also took to Instagram to post an emotional yet encouraging message to her fans and followers:
Today is World Mental Health Day. I opened up about my battle with severe depression in January 2018 & continue to do work with @silencetheshame, @kerihilsonfoundation, & other organizations I’m compelled to lend my story for awareness & healing. I endured a lot of trying years, but like the last slide, I’m smiling BIG now (inside too). I am proud to say that although I still have healthy stresses to manage, I AM HEALED, and I did so without medication. 💊
If you’re like me, you’ve encountered your own set of circumstances or traumatic events that lead you down a dark road. I’m here to tell you—you don’t have to succumb to a life of darkness. There is a way out. I’m writing a book on overcoming depression for you, and I hope it helps you and many others. ☀️ 🦋