Even though his career was doing well and seemed to be heading toward greater successes in life, 28-year-old Coleman Hell was still unhappy. His electronic single “2 Heads” was in great demand on the mainstream radio and he had secured two Juno Award nominations. It was like his dreams were coming true, so where was the feeling of depression creeping in from?
Hell might have maintained a happy and jovial appearance, but things seemed different from within. Most of the time, he felt drawn toward solitude and found himself confined to his bedroom. According to him, it seemed an invisible force kept him glued to his mattress against his will. “It’s this weird middle ground where you want to move but you can’t. It’s something I’ve felt so many times: lying in my bed and feeling so low I can’t get up. I want to, but I can’t muster the strength,” he describes his phase of struggle.
Singing about the blues
Diagnosed with bipolar disorder, a mental health condition that leads to drastic shifts in mood, he wanted to reach out to as many people as he could. Accepting his condition, he opened up about his own mental state and innermost feelings through a song titled “Manic.” Unlike other songs of hope, this song brings forth the imperfection of bipolar disorder and accepting the reality. As it is a true depiction of the disorder, he felt this to be a more effective way to connect with those suffering from similar conditions.
With a number of celebrities talking openly about their struggle with psychiatric disorders and addiction, this song will play a pivotal role in spreading awareness about bipolar disorder. It will also motivate many to accept their inner demons rather than denying them. For him, the song was truly confessional and reconciliatory in nature. It was his way of finally coming to terms with the diagnosis and facing the limitations inflicted by his condition.
Accepting imperfections not a sign of weakness
Even though more and more artists have been expressing their overwhelming mental struggles through their work of art to help others, it was still not easy for Hell to acknowledge this publically, until he decided to seek professional help for making his life more manageable. Expressing his feelings post treatment, he said, “I’m working on it, I think I’ve made a lot of progress and I feel a lot better.” The video of the song was shot through his phone and Hell calls it an intense thing to watch. He hopes that the song also contributes to the removal of the stigma attached to mental disorders.
Mental health issues are undoubtedly a matter of grave concern. Though millions are affected by mental disorders, the access to proper mental health services is not available to all. Hence, there is a gap between people who need treatment for mental disorders and those who actually receive it. In addition to what celebrities are doing toward spreading awareness about mental health issues, more awareness programs are required to encourage people to come to terms with their ailments.
The 24/7 Mental Health Helpline is a credible source of information about inpatient and outpatient mental health services. It assists people with psychiatric disorders in accessing the relevant information about the reputed treatment centers, either via mental health chat or by calling our 24/7 helpline number 855-653-8178. Call today or have a mental health live chat with one of our representatives for more information on the treatment facilities near your location.