‘A bit of a different video today’ begins PewDiePie, at the start of his latest video, which is simply titled ‘important message’. In-keeping with this week being Mental Health Awareness Week, the world’s biggest YouTuber has shared an earnest and personal message with his viewers, urging them to be open and honest about their mental health.
He reveals that he himself dealt with ‘tougher times’ in his youth and emphasises that ‘having someone to talk to is extremely important … don’t let it bottle up inside’. He also goes on to point out that even if you are in a good place and may not need help yourself, ‘you can always be there as a helping hand for someone else’.
You can see the full PewDiePie mental health video here:
Felix acknowledges the social stigma towards men dealing with their mental health issues, citing the fact that women are more likely to become depressed than men, but men overwhelmingly commit suicide more often.
He recommends an app called ‘Talk Life’ which gives people a chance to discuss their feelings with a sympathetic listener (he was not sponsored by the app). You can find out more about Talk Life here.
He finishes up the video by making it clear that ‘it’s okay, it’s common to feel this way.’ We honestly cannot praise Felix enough for this. It’s fantastic to see someone with his level of influence using their platform to have such a meaningful discussion and to raise awareness for an issue that is quite literally a matter of life and death. In Mental Health Awareness Week and every week, mental health is something that must be addressed – and there is no doubt that this video will be a huge help to many people in taking that first difficult step towards dealing with tough personal issues.