Putting mental health needs first is essential and Nessa Barrett is using her platform to speak candidly about her own needs.
This year, the pretty poison artist was set to perform on Sunday, December 5 at the Fort Lauderdale-based Audacy Beach Festival. However, on November 29 the singer announced that she will not be performing in order to take care of her mental health.
In her Tweet, the singer was candid about looking for therapy and underscoring the importance of her mental health.
“This pains me to say because there’s nothing more in the world that I love more than performing and seeing all of u guys,” wrote Nessa. “I’ve recently fell into a deep hole battling my mental health issues and I need to seek treatment and therapy. Im sorry for all of u that wanted to see me.”
The young artist’s tweet is a powerful message, allowing fans to see that one’s mental health comes before career requirements. The tweet also gives followers the opportunity to have further conversations about mental health. Nessa demonstrates that speaking out about mental health is crucial for success in any field.
Audacy's I’m Listening initiative aims to encourage those who are dealing with mental health issues to understand they are not alone. If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or anxiety, know that someone is always there. Additionally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-8255.