It’s World Mental Health Day, something that myself and the band should be celebrating loudly, but we never do, because in reality we’re very bad at being loud about anything.
I’ve had an interesting interview recently where a journalist was asking me about the subject of Lighthouse and what caused it (question that comes up quite often, naturally). I said, among other things, that it makes me sad that mental health isn’t taken seriously (i’m only now being diagnosed with all sorts of shit that no one bothers to diagnose in Russia) and this makes people “suffer in silence”; the guy asked me then, what do i think we can do to change the situation? I said, i think everyone should find courage to speak up, and we should be the first ones, we should be a positive example of that, because people tend to trust musicians. Maybe, they feel we’re their friends if they love our music, and i want to be a friend to everyone who needs one. Maybe, they feel that they are not alone listening to the sad songs we write, and they are not alone. Maybe, if they see that we are open about how we feel, this will encourage them to talk to someone, and this can change the course of events so drastically. Depression is so often hidden from even the closest people, let’s try and make it less hidden, let’s talk. If you have no one you’d trust and you feel you can talk to me, i’m always here, ready to listen.