NOTE

Dear friends, I would like to share with you all a very important lesson. I have shared this on my album, and interviews. And I want to talk about it here so that I could reach out to more people. This year, we have all grieved over the loss of such talented artists in the music industry because of suicide. I am washed with sadness and regret over their death. But I feel more remorse when people say they are senseless deaths.

Friends, let us not make their families suffer more by judging their decisions. Be aware that depression is a sickness that can make one lose all semblance of reason to the point that it would lead him or her to take his or her life. Depression is real.

Suicide prevention is my advocacy. I am grateful that I was able to pull through during my darkest and most trying times. But I am not saying that I am totally and 100% okay now. Depression is a disease that has to be recognized and treated. I do not know what will work for you but go and reach out to other people. Talk about your concerns and problems. It helps a lot. Talk to yourself and believe that you are enough. Find a healthy outlet for your frustrations in life. Engage in arts, sports, community work… whatever works for you. I know sometimes this is not enough. That is why some people take medications and undergo therapy sessions and counseling. If that is what it takes to make you feel better, do so. No judgment here. We all have our own ways of coping. What is important is that we hold on to that helpline and let that moment of sense and reason be our guide. I know it is hard. I also have my weaknesses. But music saved me. Find that space that will give you energy. Fight!

Friends, I always encourage you to be kind to one another. We never know what the other person is going through. And love yourself and keep hoping and believing that there is a rainbow after the rain and you will emerge as a beautiful butterfly after all the storms.

We are all on this journey to become a better version of ourselves.