Why we should not ignore Kanye’s breakdown

US rapper Kanye West was hospitalised yesterday following a “medical aid request” to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

News reports have stated that the ‘Fade’ songwriter was escorted to the UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation after a speculated altercation with a staff member at the gym.

Earlier this week West was heavily criticised as he drew his Saint Pablo Tour to an abrupt close succeeding an on-stage outburst at his Sacramento show.

Once he had performed three tracks, the artist began a lengthy rant, discussing his annoyance over radio, Facebook and fellow rapper Jay-Z.

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The reception of West’s recent outburst has been unsettling, similar to that of this year’s International Men’s Day.

Taking place on 19th November, the event’s theme for 2016 was ‘Stop Male Suicide’ and is now to be discussed in the House of Commons alongside educational under-achievement.

Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50 in the UK. Research by the Samaritans shows that men between ages 45 to 59 are more likely to end their own lives than any other group.

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Source: The Telegraph

 

Despite this, International Men’s Day was met with an influx of disagreement towards the men-as-victims narrative. Twitter users teased about Kanye’s mental health issues as being due to the ‘Kardashian man curse.’

As a twenty-something-year-old female, discussions surrounding feminism are prevalent, but are the voices as loud when addressing male-orientated issues?

BBC Radio 1 presenter Pete Dalton, known professionally as MistaJam, took to social media to share his thoughts on the public’s response to men’s mental health.

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West’s breakdown could be recognised as an obvious cry for help and fuel a larger conversation encompassing improving gender relations.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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