According to The PRP, Scott Kelly, the frontman of Neurosis, has opened about his struggle with mental illness and the trouble that has been going on due to the decision of going off his medication.
The statement starts with “I have struggled with Mental Illness for most of my life. I have spent most of this time hiding it from the people around me at work and in public but my Family has suffered immeasurably from it. I recently made a decision to go off my meds because I thought I didn’t need them anymore, for some reason I thought I was fine.”
The artist continues with saying that this has hurt relations with his family, with “vicious phone calls and text messages” made to his wife, and not knowing how being off the medication would affect him. He says “Meds may not be for everyone who suffers but if you’ve got it like I do you’ve got to commit to them and don’t let your mind trick you into thinking that you’re ok.” He continues by adding how mental illness can hurt family and how they don’t deserve it, saying “I’m not ok. I’m far from ok, the damage I have done to my Family can’t be undone and I am so sorry to my Wife and all my children for the years of torment and abuse I have put you through. ”
With this, he talks about how an individual should not feel shamed for having an mental illness and help is always there. He ends the note saying “Please, if you are suffering out there don’t be ashamed to get help, don’t be ashamed to take your meds and talk to your therapist. Get in a program and do the work, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I could never say this anymore clearer then this, I love my wife and kids with all my heart, I have hurt them so much over the years and I am so deeply sorry. They are the light at the end of my tunnel and I will do anything to be standing in the light with them.”
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