Jessie J Gets Vulnerable About Mental Health in Emotional Video

The singer is back from her social media hiatus

February 26, 2019
Jessie J performs on stage at the Isle of Wight festival at Seaclose Park, Newport. Picture date: Saturday 23rd June, 2018

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“Spending more real time with people I love and some time with myself,” Jessie J opened up in a post announcing her break from social media almost two months ago. After a little over four weeks of silence that ended on February 6, Jessie is now revealing that she’s still going through a tough time.

Jessie is continuing to open up about her mental health in the caption of a video where she breaks down while singing and playing piano. “Ugh, music man,” she gushes after being moved to tears by the song. The vulnerable video is followed by an honest caption where she dives into her recent mental state.

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“I’m not posting this for sympathy. Im posting this for anyone who needs to see it,” she opens before encouraging fans to be honest about their feelings. “It’s important to be open that we are not always done up and feeling 100. All of us have our days.”

She uses her platform for good and shares a message about taking anxiety and depression seriously, urging her 7.7M followers to find their happiness while accepting days that are tougher than others.

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I’m not posting this for sympathy. Im posting this for anyone who needs to see it (I needed it) This video is from yesterday I woke up. Feeling kinda off. I sat at the piano (which I’ve been avoiding) knowing it will bring some stuff up. I’m making it up and feeling my real feelings. I went live as I wanted to share with you guys the moment. I didn’t know I would cry. I was live for a minute or two before this moment. But it’s important to be open that we are not always done up and feeling 100. All of us have our days. Yesterday was one of my weird emotional days. In a time and a world (especially the social world) where sadly vulnerability is often seen as weakness where the younger generation are almost being taught to hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image. Hence why anxiety and depression in kids is through the roof and only carries to their adult life if it doesn’t change. One of the biggest killers in men under 30 is suicide. We push our feelings to the bottom of our energy and hope it goes away. It won’t. Don’t define yourself on it. But stand with it, process it and learn from it. Find YOUR happiness. No one can make you happy but you. People can contribute. But ultimate happiness comes from within. It’s a personal journey. I have said time and time again in recent years I don’t want to be a role model but I want to inspire. To anyone young or older. Let your sadness / pain / Greif out. In your OWN way. Ever noticed so many people apologise as soon as they start to cry these days? Like it’s an inconvenience to FEEL. Draw. Sing. Paint. Walk. Write. Drive. Work out. Be still. Whatever it is that let’s you understand and process your real emotions do it. Another thing... TALK to people you love when you are down. Please do not suffer in silence. Life is way too short and ALWAYS GETS BETTER. I’m thinking of you and sending love to your heart ❤️

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