Clifford opened up about his struggles with mental health while onstage during the Michigan leg of the band's tour, telling the crowd, "I was fixing some problems with my mental health… I just saw a therapist real quick on the break we had."
Mental health continues to be a subject that is often misunderstood or not taken seriously and, even in 2015, it is still taboo, but Clifford's honest confession (although brief) has helped to create further awareness and empathy for all those who are suffering in silence.
Fans have reacted in a beautiful way to the announcement, taking to social media to voice their support for Clifford. The hashtag #WeLoveYouMichael began trending and below are some of the incredible things that Clifford's fans wanted to let him know.
There were also fans who thanked Clifford for raising awareness for mental health and proving that it can affect anyone, regardless of fame and fortune.
the fact that he spoke about his mental health means he's aware of it and is trying to overcome the bad things, im proud #WeLoveYouMichael— nika (@5sosaint) August 20, 2015
This proves that even the happiest of people that try so hard to make everyone else happy, aren't always happy themselves #WeLoveYouMichael— #WeLoveYouMichael (@Steph5SOSx) August 20, 2015
It takes courage to admit that you're not okay and we applaud Michael Clifford for sharing his struggles with the world. Hopefully his words will inspire a conversation and provide some comfort to others who are in similar situations by reminding them that they are not alone.
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