Why I'm done with being a "Mental Health Advocate"

Let’s get one thing straight from the get-go…since people are going to get pissy about this post anyways…Mental health has been and always will be a topic that I believe is important to talk about and discuss as openly and candidly as possible. Through kindness, compassion, and understanding in the different ways in which we all struggle. 

Got that? TL;DR: MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT AND WE SHOULD HELP EACH OTHER AND STUFF. 

Okay…now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it. 

I’ve always HATED buzzwords and trends surrounding whatever popular social bandwagon is rolling by. I hold little respect for someone that chooses to build a brand around pertinent issues for the sake of personal profit (money or fame). The fleeting importance that legitimate social issues are given before we move on to other things boggles my mind. 

You know what I hate just as much? Being limited in what I can and cannot say by whoever the masses happen to be at the time. I’m an asshole who has asshole thoughts, and goddammit, I’m gonna say ‘em if I want to say ‘em, and screw anyone who says I can’t. 

I’ve actually been blocked several times on Twitter over the last few months for respectfully trying to engage in conversation with a disagreement to a mental health post, BECAUSE I WAS BEING OFFENSIVE AND INTOLERANT FOR NOT AGREEING.   

“Mental Health Advocacy” is becoming the new “SJW” and I legitimately can’t stand it. This isn’t to say that many of these folks don’t truly want to help people, but for every one that does, there are 3 more using the platform as a cheap way to air their own dirty laundry….and, I mean…good for them for finding an audience, but I don’t want to be a part of it. 

So, we’re not calling ourselves “advocates” anymore…it’s only a stupid change of wording, but a small change that we’ve put a lot of thought into, because we believe that details can be important. 

 We’re musicians that want to use our issues to help other people with similar issues…it’s who we are, not a label that we hold. 

Thanks for reading.

-Steven

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