Sam Smith is joining the conversation of mental health and the celebrity spotlight.
Earlier this week, actor Colton Haynes took to social media to open up about his health and specifically his mental health. He also discussed how living in the spotlight made it harder to live openly and tackle his mental health. It seems this is a standpoint that’s common among celebrities, as now Sam Smith is sharing similar thoughts.
While on a high from last month’s successful single and music video “How Do You Sleep,” Smith took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the issue of mental health. He says that he’s dealt with personal issues in therapy for the past year and a half.
“Looking back on a year and a half of therapy and what has been probably the most challenging time of my short 27 years here. I’ve watched and read so much over the last 6 months to try and make sense of all the mess in my head. Tried to find ways to organise all of my problems so that they are bound and organised into folders and boxes, so that they will never haunt me or effect me again,”
He then added:
“But I’m slowly starting to realise that the words above are the only words that really matter….and they are the words of the incredible @brenebrown …. ‘You are enough’ That mess in your mind is not a mess. It is who you are. By constantly trying to change and seek perfection and a life of no pain only causes more pain I am realising. Still on course and learning but feeling the closest I’ve ever felt to a real space of Joy, gratitude and peace.”
To close his statement, Smith says he hopes to help others find support and allies by sharing his truth. And he hopes to inspire others with the simple message, “I am enough.”