WARNING: this article includes mentions of self harm and suicide
Actor and comedian Pete Davidson has been quite open about both his struggles with mental health and addiction. Both of these things are experienced by people across the world, however there is still a lot of stigma.
After his much covered breakup with singer Ariana Grande, Davidson was the target of cyber bullying, despite the fact that Grande herself asked fans to treat him with kindness.
She addressed the issue on her Instagram story earlier this month…
The full text reads…
“I know u already know this, but I feel I need to remind my fans to please be gentler with others. I really can’t endorse anything but forgiveness and positivity.”
“I care deeply about Pete and his health. I’m asking you to please be gentler with others, even on the internet. I’ve learned thru my own mistakes not to be reactive on socials so I understand.”
“But you truly don’t know what anybody is experiencing ever. Regardless of what they choose to display on social media or how they may appear in public. I can promise u that.”
“So please let whatever point you’re trying to make go. I will always have irrevocable love for him and if you’ve gotten any other impression from my recent work, you might have missed the point.”
It’s difficult to say if Grande’s fans honored her request.
But on Saturday, December 15, Pete Davidson alarmed fans with this Instagram post.
The text reads…
“i really don’t want to be on this earth anymore.”
“i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last.”
“all i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so <3”
People immediately expressed concern.
Pete Davidson's friends and family, please reach out to him and let us know he's okay. https://t.co/rL4RP9wnzo
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) December 15, 2018
Thinkin about U Pete. Hit me back bro
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) December 15, 2018
Life is hard, and people can be needlessly cruel. We all know someone who is suffering — lift them up if you can. Thinking about Pete Davidson right now, who seems to need some support more than ever. #PeteDavidson
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) December 15, 2018
We need to be kinder to each other… Like I said on the show – it is okay if your holiday is not easy and happy. Sending love and light to Pete Davidson…
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 15, 2018
People breathed a sigh of relief when he appeared on Saturday Night Live that night.
Am hearing Pete Davidson is at SNL and accounted for.
We are thinking of you, Pete.
You are loved.
(And just a heads up, when you finally turn on your cell, it’s gonna go apeshit for a little while) https://t.co/erUaTcPSdw
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) December 15, 2018
That's a really good sign, the fact that he's at work ! One of my long time business associates was suffering from depression, and he couldn't work at all
— 🌲SeñorCannaB🇨🇦 (@canna_mr) December 16, 2018
Sad part is a lot of people are feeling like Pete Davidson right at this very moment. Mental Health is a very real thing, shouldn’t take celebrities to bring it to the forefront
— Clefan330 (@CLEfan330) December 15, 2018
He needs all the prayers he can get. I really hate that he’s going through this, but I hope it’ll bring it out into the open because there are tons of people who feel the same way. It’s a serious and sad problem that has just been overlooked for way too long.
— tonya071468 (@tonya071468) December 15, 2018
I don’t know him either but I’ve been there myself on more than one occasion. It only takes a moment of feeling empty and alone. It’s not easy and it’s not cowardly, like many like to say. It’s not selfish either. It’s just complete hopeless emptiness.
— Tio Santiago (@TioSantiagoG) December 16, 2018
We are all thinking of Pete Davidson and glad that he’s being surrounded by friends. Best wishes to him.
Remember, in the United States…
Super important hotlines:
Self Harm: 1-800-366-8288
Eating Disorders: 1-800-931-2237
Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-SAFE
Share. Retweet. Spread the word.
You don't know who might need these numbers.
— Moon (@AkaDuhMoon) July 20, 2018