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Halsey makes peace with bipolar disorder in new YouTube series

Cover Media logo Cover Media 23/05/2020
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Halsey has opened up about accepting her bipolar disorder in a new YouTube series for Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Without Me singer took part in the Artist Spotlight Stories with psychologist Snehi Kapur and discussed finally making peace with herself after being diagnosed in her teens and experiencing drastic moodswings.

"In the process of making this album, I had to make peace with this manic version of myself," she said of recording her latest release, Manic, which reached listeners in January, noting the album is a "love letter" to bipolar disorder.

Halsey, who was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a 17-day stay after attempting suicide at the aged of 17, moved on to discuss the difficult social problems she's had to navigate while managing her own mental health.

"I think that our culture, in a way, has an obsession and a distaste for the 'crazy woman'," she said. "We love her but we also weaponise that word against her... The way that they (media) can take the narrative away from you after you’ve chosen to share it is what’s one of the most terrifying parts."

Halsey is also often puzzled by fans who insist she doesn't look like someone with mental health struggles: "They see a young woman who’s achieving all of these goals," she explained.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention and mental health:

Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counseling service on 0800 543 354

Need to talk? 1737 – free call or text any time to talk to a trained counselor

Depression Helpline (8am to 12 midnight) - 0800 111 757

Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666

If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111.

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