The grime star’s frank revelation helps reduce the stigma around mental illness and may encourage more people to seek help – black men especially.
Stormzy has quite rightly won universal praise for taking this courageous step. The track Lay me Bare on his album Gang Signs and Prayer outlines the self-doubt and pain of depression with honesty and vulnerability. The lyrics like “Like man’a get low sometimes, so low sometimes, Airplane mode on my phone sometimes, Sitting in my house with tears in my face, Can’t answer the door to my bro sometimes” speak to the misery and self-isolation of depression. In the interview, he reflects: “If there’s anyone out there going through that, I think that for them to see that I went through it would help.” He’s right; his words are far more powerful for a young audience than those of any healthcare professional or government agency.